Specializations in History

A History major may, but is not required to, declare a specialization by having at least six courses contribute to the student’s knowledge of a specific field (approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies or other departmental delegate), such as a geographic region, chronological period, other topic (such as women’s history, public history, or military history), or a combination thereof (e.g., early modern Europe), with the title of the specialty and the specific courses to count for the specialization being approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies or other departmental delegate. Up to two courses counting for the specialization may be from other departments with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) or other History departmental delegate. Up tp two courses for the specialization can also be supervised internships (HIST 3095). 

Adopting a specialization in History prepares students well for careers in history-related fields relevant to one's topic, time period, or region of choice. Students interested in declaring a specialization should consult the registrar's schedule of classes as well as the department faculty page, where students can find specializations by topic, region, and theme. History students can also use the following example specializations to help develop their own curriculum:

Imperial History

Coursework:
HIST 1120: European Civilization in its World Context
HIST 2001: Empires and Imperialism: Rome to Washington
HIST 2001: Islam and Imperialism
HIST 2105W: European Decolonization
HIST 3301W: The Cold War in Asia
HIST 3137: The British Empire

The Atlantic World

Coursework:
HIST 2301: Colonial North America
HIST 2520: Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World
HIST 3137: The British Empire
HIST 3301: Pilgrims and Indians
HIST 3303: Revolutionary America
HIST 3701: Argentina in Global Context

South Asian History

Coursework: 
HIST 2105W: European Decolonization
HIST 3035: The United States and the Wars in Indochina, 1945-1975
HIST 3301W: The Cold War in Asia
HIST 3601: World War II in Asia Pacific
HIST 3601: Vietnam: Colonialism, War, Revolution
HIST 3640: History of Southeast Asia

The History Department offers plenty of other classes that allow students to declare specializations in specific topics like borderlands and transnational histories, Native American history, European economic history, and any other topics relevant to any student's interests.