Major

Please note that information about the standard History Major has changed. All current students graduating in or before 2016 should refer to the Standard Major Worksheet information.

Students in the Class of 2018 and beyond should refer to the History Major Worksheet Grid and Planning Guide for the successful completion of at least ten History courses meeting the requirements.

Geographic Distribution

Your ten History courses must include, at a minimum:

  1. One course from the United States (such courses are designated Major Dist: US on the course schedule page);
  2. One course from the history of Europe (designated Major Dist: EUR on the course schedule page);
  3. Two courses from the histories of Africa, Asia, Latin America & Caribbean (designated Major Dist: AALAC on the course schedule page);
  4. One Interregional or Comparative history course (designated Major Dist: INTER on the course schedule page).

Chronological Distribution

Your ten History courses must contain, at a minimum, two pre-1700 or three pre-1800 courses. On the course schedule pages, courses fulfilling the pre-1700 requirement are designated <1700, while <1800 designates those fulfilling the pre-1800 requirement.

Seminars and Colloquia

All majors in the department must complete two courses involving advanced historical practice, one of which will represent the culminating experience.  Most students meet this requirement by enrolling in two 96s, which are small courses (normally capped at 12) that allow students to work closely with a faculty member and to produce a final project that represents either original research in primary sources or (with colloquia) a historiographical contribution to the existing scholarly literature. Those who complete the London FSP or the Honors’ Seminar need to complete only one 96, which represents the culminating experience for the major.

Careful advanced planning regarding enrollment in 96s is necessary for two reasons.  First, the capped enrollment means that several 96s will have more students who wish to take the course than there are available spots.  In these cases, the department and the instructor will prioritize enrollment.  Second, work at the advanced level is most rewarding when it builds upon previous exposure to a field.  You should work with your advisor to consider which seminars can best represent this sequencing model that follows exposure to a topic in introductory and upper-level classes.

Field of Concentration

All majors are encouraged to identify an area of concentration within the broad field of History. Establishing a critical mass of classes each related to a geographic chronological or thematic concentration will enhance a student's ability to develop expertise and make connections.

All students graduating in or before 2016 are required to identify at least five History courses related to a field of concentration. One of these must be a culminating experience in the form of a HIST 96.

 

Limits and Exclusions

  1. At least five History courses must be taken in residence at Dartmouth College, one of them being HIST 96.
  2. HIST 7 (First-Year Seminar) and History 99 (Honors Thesis) may not be counted toward the Standard Major.
  3. Students may not include more than two of the following courses: HIST 1, 2 or 3.
  4. Students may not use more than two independent study courses (HIST 97) in satisfying the requirements of the Standard Major.
  5. Only those major courses passed with a letter grade may be counted in satisfaction of the major. Courses taken under the Non-Recording Option (NRO) may not be used toward completion of the major.
  6. Major GPA is figured on all History courses taken.
  7. The Department will consider approving transfer credits for History majors and non-majors only for History courses taken at institutions with which Dartmouth College has institutional exchange programs.