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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.

Further information and course listings can be found 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.