The history department offers a vast number of different courses each term. Unlike some departments, our courses do not build upon each other in ways that require you to take a 100 level course before taken a 200 level course, and so on. Accordingly, students may take courses at any level without prerequisites. However, course numbering reflects levels of difficulty and workload.

To search for courses and get information about the college level requirements they fulfill, please refer to the LSA COURSE GUIDE.

To check if a given course satisfies a certain requirement for the concentration, consult the list of CURRENT COURSES offered this term, listed by region. This list moreover indicates whether a course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement and notes whether a given course is cross-listed. A preliminary list of courses offered in the UPCOMING TERM will be available here, once registration resumes.  

A comprehensive list of of all courses provides information about the requirements each course is able to fulfill. To learn more about each course or read individual course descriptions check out ALL ACTIVE COURSES provided via the LSA course guide, just be sure to change the term to the effective term. 

Please note that NOT all courses are offered every year or at set intervals. Departmental curricular needs and faculty initiative together determine the courses to be offered in any given term. 

100 Level Introductory Survey Courses

Students, particularly first year students, who are interested in exploring college level history should consider taking one of the the four fun and engaging 100 level gateway survey courses. History 101: What is History? introduces students to new ways of thinking critically and internationally about the world we live in—its past, present, and future. History 102: History of the Present traces the historical connections of events, phenomena, and trends that make headlines today. The Department is committed to offering both History 101 and History 102 every year. History 103 and History 104 are topics courses that provide an introduction to history in the humanities and the social sciences respectively through changing topical foci. History 105 offers an introductory survey to the history of Religion.

First Year Seminars

History 195, “The Writing of History,” is designed to help students learn college-level writing in the context of history. This course satisfies the LSA first-year writing requirement. Section topics vary from term to term, each one taught by an advanced graduate student in the final stage of degree completion. Classes are limited to 18 allowing much individual attention and student participation.

First-Year Seminars, History 196 and 197, offer an opportunity to study history in a small seminar setting (20 students) with a history professor teaching a topic in his or her area of expertise. The topics are chosen especially to stimulate and engage incoming students in the historical discipline. Students are active participants in discussion and develop a real sense of college-level history critical thinking, reading, and writing.

History First-Year Seminars satisfy LSA area distribution for non-majors
(History 196 = Social Science; History 197 = Humanities).

Please note: First-Year Seminars may NOT count toward the history major or minor.

Key Courses for History Majors

There are a few courses that are key to the history concentration.

Every concentrator who declared in or after Fall 2012 will take a section of History 202 "Doing History." This course introduces students to historical sources, modes of inquiry and methods. History 202 also teaches students essential skills that will enable them to succeed in their subsequent history classes.

Every major will take either History 496 (formerly 396) or 497 (formerly 397), the junior/senior colloquium, or complete the departmental honors sequences History 498/499 (formerly 398/399). The emphasis in each case is on critical discussion, in-depth reading, research and writing.