100-level courses are designed as general introductions to the discipline of history. They cannot be applied towards a concentration or a minor in history, so they are targeted at the broadest possible audience. With this in mind, the workload is relatively light. They usually involve a lecture and a discussion section, and assessment is usually based on in-class exams. Research papers are not typically assigned, though there might be some short writing assignments.
200-level courses are introductory classes for history concentrators, and they come in two varieties. Some 200-level classes are large surveys covering major world regions or countries, and the workload in these classes would only be slightly heavier than a 100-level class. Others are seminars for concentrators, emphasizing historical methods and writing skills.
300 and 400 level courses have a relatively greater reading load than lower-level courses, and include substantial writing assignments. Some assign a formal research paper; others are based on a series of shorter projects. Although 300- and 400-level courses are harder than those at lower levels, they do not usually require any previous familiarity with the subject matter.
Courses for First-Year Students
First-Year Writing Courses
All LSA students take a First-Year Writing course to satisfy the LSA writing requirement. If you have an interest in history, HISTORY 195, “The Writing of History,” is designed to allow you to develop your college-level writing skills in the context of history. Section topics change each term, taught by advanced graduate students in the final stage of degree completion. Classes are limited to 18 to allow individual attention and student participation.
HISTORY 195 may not be included in a History concentration
First-Year Seminars (HISTORY 196 and 197)
First-Year Seminars provide an opportunity to begin your college study of history in a small seminar setting. These courses are taught by history professors who choose stimulating topics in the area of their expertise to engage their students in the historical discipline. Students are active participants in discussion and develop a strong background college-level history critical thinking, reading, and writing.
History First-Year Seminars satisfy LSA area distribution for non-concentrators (HISTORY 196 = Social Science; HISTORY 197 = Humanities).
First-Year Seminars may not be included in a History concentration.
Introductory Survey Sequences
Electing a course from one of the six history concentration Introductory Survey Sequences is a good way to sample the department’s offerings and get an early start toward history concentration. For students who do not plan to follow a history program, these 100- and 200-level courses satisfy either the social science or humanities LSA college requirements.
Department of History Waitlist Policy: Students are strongly encouraged to use the waitlist for any closed History course. Students should register on the waitlist according to their preferred section AND attend the first class. Overrides will be issued automatically, in waitlist order, up to the first day of class by the department as space becomes available. Students are notified by email and given two days to use the override; the seat may go to an alternate student on the waitlist if the override is allowed to expire. Students should remember that for cross-listed courses, their waitlist position as seen on Wolverine Access is relative to the unit under which they are enrolled. Unused overrides may result in the student being removed from the waitlist completely. No overrides will be issued automatically after the first day of classes—students (waitlisted or not) must attend the first class and obtain an override from the instructor or GSI.