Modified Major Requirements for Students in the Class of 2023 and Before
Refer to the Class of 2023 and Before Modified Major Worksheet for the successful completion of at least twelve courses meeting the requirements.
For the purposes of the major requirements applicable to the class of 2023 and earlier, most courses fall into one of four areas: (1) United States (designated Major Dist: US in the course listing below); (2) Europe (designated Major Dist: EUR in the course listing below); (3) Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean (designated Major Dist: AALAC in the course listing below); or (4) Interregional and Comparative (designated Major Dist: INTER in the course listing below).
Your eight History courses must contain at least one course from each of the following areas:
- United States
- Africa, Asia, Latin America & Caribbean
Your eight History courses must contain at least two pre-1800 courses. In the course listing below, courses fulfilling the pre-1800 requirement are designated <1800.
SEMINARS AND COLLOQUIA
Modified majors must complete one course involving advanced historical practice which will represent the culminating experience. Most students meet this requirement by enrolling in HIST 96, a small course (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. HIST 98 (Honors Seminar) and the London FSP may not count as a culminating experience for Modified Majors.
FIELD OF CONCENTRATION
All Modified 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 four 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 described under the Standard Major also apply to the Modified Major.