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. The modified major should have a clear purpose and intellectual coherence.

Students planning a modified major should contact the Vice Chair, Jennifer Miller ( to discuss their plans. In order to have the modified major approved, they will be required to submit two documents: the modified major worksheet and a short statement articulating the intellectual coherence of their modified major. This statement should be 2 – 3 paragraphs and offer a clear rationale for the modification. It should answer two key questions.  1.  What are you hoping to achieve by modifying the major and bringing these courses together?  2.  How are these courses in conversation with each other?  Here you should make specific references to the courses that you plan to take.

Modification works best early in major planning. Generally, 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 Vice Chair Jennifer Miller of the History Department and 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 Vice 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);
  2. Europe (designated Major Dist: EUR);
  3. Africa, Asia, Latin America & Caribbean (designated Major Dist: AALAC);
  4. Interregional (designated Major Dist: INTER).

Modified Major Requirements

Chronological Distribution

Your eight History courses must contain at least two pre-1800 courses (designated <1800 in the course listings).

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.