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History (HIST)

Chair: Associate Professor Adeeb Khalid

Emeritus Professor: Robert E. Bonner

Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor: Martin Allen Klein

Professors: Clifford E. Clark, Jr., Kirk Jeffrey, Diethelm Prowe, Harry McKinley Williams

Associate Professors: Annette Igra, Adeeb Khalid, Jamie Monson

Assistant Professors: Andrew B. Fisher, Victoria Morse, William North, Susannah R. Ottaway, Parna Sengupta, SeungJoo Yoon, Serena R. Zabin

Requirements for a Major:

A total of 66 credits from courses taken in the history department. First year seminars (History 110s) and the comprehensive exercise both count toward the total number of credits. Certain courses offered outside the history department may count toward the major; consult the department chair for specific information. Courses in ancient history are taught in the Classics department.

Credit toward the major will also be awarded for a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement examination in American or European History, and for a 5, 6, or 7 on higher-level International Baccalaureate examination in European History. IB credit in other fields determined by department on case-by-case basis.

A student must take courses in at least three of the following eight fields: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Latin America, Middle East/Central Asia, Europe to 1450, Europe Since 1450, and the United States. The department expects that a student majoring in History will complete four courses (24 credits) in his or her primary field and two courses (12 credits) in each of two secondary fields. At least one of the student's three fields must be non-western history­East Asia, South Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Middle East/Central Asia­and one of the fields must be in western history (Europe before 1450, Europe After 1450, United States including African-American history). In consultation with faculty, students may also propose a self-designed thematic field as their primary field (e.g., Gender and History, Colonialism). Interested students should consult the department for more information. The History major must complete a research seminar (History 395), normally in the primary field, the History Colloquium (History 298), and the senior integrative exercise (History 400).

Courses numbered below 200 are open to first year students. First year students may not register in courses numbered 200 and above without the permission of the instructor. It is recommended that students planning to major in history take History 110 and one or two other courses during their first year. History majors who are interested in study and research in a major library should consider the Newberry Library Seminar program. (See the index) See History Department Web site at


History Courses


Other Courses Pertinent to History:

CLAS 227 Greek History: The Greek World From the Rise of the City-State to the Rise of the Hellenistic Kingdoms

CLAS 228 Roman History, Republic and Principate

CLAS 229 The Later Roman Empire, Byzantium and Islam