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Major/Minor Requirements


Course of Study:

• Introductory Course: 1 two-block course at the 100-level. • Minimum of 6 elective units at the 200- or 300-levels. Within these 6 units, students must satisfy the following departmental requirements: — Time Distribution (two courses): At least one course addressing a period up through the 18th century and one course addressing a period from the 18th century forward. (Note: may also count toward geographic distribution.) — Geographic Distribution (three courses): At least one course in each of the three regions: Europe, United States, and World (Africa, East and South Asia, Latin America, Middle East). (Note: may also count toward period distribution.) • Junior Seminar: Studying History (HY399). • Senior Sequence: (HY410) Advanced Seminar and (HY420) Senior Essay (two courses taken in consecutive blocks during the senior year). Students have the opportunity to write a senior thesis in lieu of the senior essay. This option requires departmental approval and a 3-unit Senior Sequence (HY410,HY430, and HY431). Students with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.6 within the major may submit their senior essays or senior theses to be considered for distinction. The department strongly recommends foreign language competence beyond the intermediate level.

Check out our PDF worksheet to help you track your progress through the major.


Students take five or six units in the department, including:

  • One 100-level course
  • Three 200-level or 300-level courses, including one each from three regions: Europe, the United States, Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Latin America, Middle East.
  • HY399: Junior Seminar: Studying History