The Modified Major consists of the successful completion of twelve courses, eight of them in History, and four from one or more modifying departments/programs. It will be approved only if the student provides a convincing written rationale for the intellectual coherence of the proposed program of study.

NOTE:  Modification works best early in major planning. Typically modifications will NOT be approved in the last two terms of a student's enrollment.


If the four modifying courses are in a single department/program, your Modified Major plan and rationale must be approved by the chair of the History Department and the chair of the modifying department/program. If the four modifying courses are drawn from more than one department/program, your plan and rationale for a Modified Major needs to be approved only by the chair of the History Department. Modified Majors must meet the requirements below.

Modified Major Requirements

Total Number of Courses

In addition to the culminating experience (HIST 96) and the area requirements, select three additional History courses to bring your total up to eight. These can be used to fulfill the distributive requirements for the major mentioned below.

Modified Major Requirements

Geographic Distribution

Your eight History courses must contain at least one course from each of the following areas:

  1. United States (such courses are designated Major Dist: US on the (20s-22shistschedcrs.pdf);
  2. Europe (designated Major Dist: EUR on the (20s-22shistschedcrs.pdf);
  3. Africa, Asia, Latin America & Caribbean (designated Major Dist: AALAC on the (20s-22shistschedcrs.pdf);
  4. Interregional (designated Major Dist: INTER on the (20s-22shistschedcrs.pdf).

Modified Major Requirements

Chronological Distribution

Your eight History courses must contain at least two pre-1800 courses. On the 20s-22shistschedcrs.pdf courses fulfilling the pre-1800 requirement are designated <1800.

Modified Major Requirements

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.

Modified Major Requirements

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), HIST 98 (Honors Seminar) and History 99 (Honors Thesis) may not be counted toward the Modified 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. Major GPA is figured on all History courses taken.
  6. 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.
  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.