Program Information:


Concentration Requirements

Advanced Placement

Advising for Majors / Minors

Degree Sheets & Transfers

High Demand Courses

Independent Study

Foundation / Research Seminars

Honors Thesis



Honors & Awards

Policies & Forms


A degree in history develops skills in analysis and writing that can lead to careers in many fields, such as education, government and law, but also medicine or the sciences.  Small course sizes and faculty dedicated to undergraduate education create a favorable environment for intellectual exploration.

The Foundation Seminar, research seminars and the possibility for independent study provide the building blocks for students interested in writing a senior thesis.

The thesis exchange during the Senior year is a forum for students to develop their projects and learn from their colleagues.

Why major in history? Read this letter from one of our students >

The History Department is instituting a program of small grants to help fund research for the senior thesis. These grants will normally be for $200 or less, to help defray cost of archival and library research for the senior thesis, such as photocopying or scanning of documents. The money may be used in the U.S. or abroad. Grant applications will be reviewed by a department committee. Students should apply for such grants through their thesis advisors; applications require a brief thesis prospectus, an explanation of how the grant will be used, a supporting letter from the thesis advisor, and an up-to-date academic transcript.