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History Curriculum for 2020-2021

We are pleased to introduce our department’s curriculum for the Academic Year 2020-21. The Department held its Launch meeting to present the curriculum on Monday, July 20th at 12 pm on Zoom. You can access a recording of the meeting here (password: ^Z6mn1qF) (The recording starts at 0:07.24).

Students should note that this curriculum includes courses offered over three semesters (including Summer A/B), as well as several new immersive classes that will be offered over a 7-week period. Please note that this schedule may be subject to change, and students are encouraged not only to revisit this page but also to confirm the course listings in the online Directory of Classes.

Our departmental immersive courses will cover a semester’s worth of material in a shorter period of time and will meet for twice as many hours per week, allowing students to take fewer courses at the same time and a more sustained focus on course content. 

Please feel free to contact your major advisor (or the Chair, Lisa Tiersten) with any questions you may have about your academic schedule. You can read the full Leave of Absence Policy here, and access other pertinent policies here.

2020-2021 CALENDAR

Fall 2020

  • Full semester courses will be held from Tuesday, September 8, 2020 – Wednesday December 23, 2020.
  • Fall A courses will be held from Tuesday, September 8, 2020 – Friday, October 23, 2020.
  • Fall B courses will be held from Monday, October 26, 2020 – Wednesday, December 23, 2020.
  • Course descriptions, sections and times, can be found in the online Directory of Classes or in this PDF.

Tentative Spring 2021

  • Spring semester courses will be held from Monday, January 11, 2021 – Monday, April 26, 2021.
  • Spring A courses will be held from Monday, January 11, 2021 – Friday, February 26, 2021.
  • Spring B courses will be held from Monday, March 8, 2021 – Monday, April 26, 2021.
  • Course descriptions, sections and times, will be available in advance of early registration in November 2020; a tentative list of courses for Spring 2021 is available here.

Tentative Summer 2021

  • Summer A courses will be held from Monday, May 3, 2021 – Friday, June 18, 2021.  
  • Summer B courses will be held from Monday, June 28, 2021 – Monday, August 16, 2021.
  • Course descriptions, sections and times, will be available in advance of Summer registration in April 2021, a tentative list of courses for Summer 2021 is available here.

Welcome to the History Department!

History encompasses the whole of human experience, helping us understand ourselves in the context of our times and traditions through the study of times and traditions other than our own. History means not only the record of the past but also the discipline of investigating and interpreting the past. The study of history develops habits of critical thinking and effective writing, as well as it cultivates the careful analysis of various types of quantitative and qualitative evidence. It should be of value not only to undergraduates who intend to pursue advanced degrees in the field, but also to students interested in exploring the diversity and complexity of the human past, even as they hone their analytical and expository skills.

The Barnard College History Department celebrates our Class of 2020 History majors through a series of Facebook covers showcasing their lives in quarantine and their special memories at Barnard. These unprecedented times call for special commemorations. We will be rotating 5 Facebook covers every couple of days. Barnard College History Department Facebook page

Congratulations to all the graduating History seniors, Class of 2020! You will be known in history books as the Heroic Generation of 2020 on which future positive changes pivot.