Degree:
B.A.
Division:
Social Sciences
Program Options:
Area of Concentration, Joint Concentration, Secondary Field

Students in the History program engage with a broad range of historical sources to develop an understanding of the complexities of the past as well as our own role in its interpretation.

About the History Area of Concentration

The AOC in History includes in-depth attention to particular historical moments as well as geographical and chronological breadth, helping students to understand the past on its own terms as well as how past events have formed the world today. Students learn to recognize multiple perspectives, to analyze historical patterns such as continuity and change, and to accept that all historical understanding is provisional. They pursue independent research and archival work in areas as diverse as Miami, Alabama, California, New York, Iceland, Germany, Italy, and China; many present and/or publish their work publicly. History students also take advantage of a variety of academic and professional internships in fields like archival preservation, digital mapping, teaching, heritage studies, and non-profit fundraising.

As a core part of a liberal-arts curriculum, the History program embraces the interdisciplinarity of historical study; students frequently combine History with AOCs like Gender Studies, International Studies, Political Science, and Urban Studies. The skills developed studying history—such as critical thinking, information literacy, global perspectives, written & oral communication—prepare students for a wide variety of professional careers and lives of global citizenship.

Recent courses

  • The Age of Openness: China Before Mao (1912-49)
  • A Brief History of the Bible
  • Chinese History Since 1800
  • Contemporary French History
  • East Asian Civilization
  • Empire, Power and Culture: The Mongols
  • Environmental History of China
  • Food, Fuel, Fiber and Finance: A History of Global Capitalism
  • The Global Middle Ages: Travel and Cultural Exchange Before the “Age of Exploration”
  • Islamic Movements, Past and Present
  • Historical Methods
  • The Long Road to 9/11: The United States in the Middle East 1945- the Present
  • Medieval Cities
  • The Middle Ages and the Birth of the Modern World
  • Modern European History
  • The Rise of Urban America: How Race, Region, Gender and Class Shaped the Modern American City

Career Pathways

  • Marketing 
  • Law
  • Public Policy
  • Foreign Service
  • Intelligence
  • Politics
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Education
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Journalism

Contact Us

Social Sciences Division

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Phone Number
Location
Office
Social Science 102

History Faculty

Carrie Beneš Professor of History
Chart Your Course Director
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Medieval and Renaissance Studies History Urban Studies
David Harvey Professor of History
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division History
T. J. H. McCarthy Professor of Medieval History
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Humanities Division History Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Nassima Neggaz Assistant Professor of Religion and Islamic Studies
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division Religion History
John Perry Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division History
Xia Shi Associate Professor of History and International and Area Studies
Marian Hoppin Chair of Asian Studies
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Humanities Division Gender Studies History