History Majors


Students who intend to major in history should consult a member of the department in their sophomore year to plan their academic programs. They may choose to focus their study of history on a region (such as Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, South Asia), period (such as ancient, medieval, early modern), or theme.

The history major requires a minimum of eleven courses, eight in the area of concentration and three outside the area of concentration. Six of the eleven courses must be classes taken at Barnard or Columbia.

The 11 required courses must include:
  1. Three introductory survey courses (i.e., 1000-level courses in American and European History, or their 2000-level equivalents in all other historical areas, chosen in consultation with adviser). One of these must be in the area of concentration. Students with AP credits may substitute an advanced course(s) for introductory course(s), although AP credits may not be counted toward the 11 required courses.
  2. Two seminars, one of which must be taken at Barnard or Columbia.
  3. The two-semester senior research seminar (HIS BC 3391-92). The Senior Thesis must be taken in sequence over two semesters, beginning in the Fall and continuing through the Spring.
Majors may, with the approval of their advisers, take two of their 11 courses outside the department, provided that such courses are closely related to their concentrations. American Studies seminars may be substituted for history seminars.