History Major

The program, moreover, offers a unique approach to thinking about the space of history, organizing its curriculum through the four long-term zones of human interaction and imagination”—the AsiaPacific World, the Atlantic World, the Indian Ocean World, and the Mediterranean, Black, and Caspian Sea World.

Students can enter the major from a range of different globallysituated vantage points—such as “Africa in the World”; “Russia in the World”; “China in the World”; or “Alexander and the East”; progress toward more strictly globally thematic classes—including “Urbanism and Modernity”; “The Global Sixties”; and “Museums and Empire”— and then advance toward courses that offer a sustained engagement with more regionally focused areas of ongoing scholarly innovation— for example, “Muslim Societies in African History”; “Nationalism in the Middle East”; “The United States in a Transnational and Global Perspective”; or “Arts and Politics in Latin America”.

Two required courses, “Globalization and History” and “Writing History,” create a shared vocabulary among our students of theoretical innovation and a foundation for the creative practice of producing original historical research for the History Capstone during the senior year.