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Concentration Requirements

The History Major requires completion of a minimum of 10 courses, ordinarily to be taken within the department. History courses taken at Tufts' programs abroad or transferred from other accredited institutions may be counted toward the minimum of ten courses. Courses taken outside of Tufts, however, do not count as graded courses. No more than four of the history major concentration requirements may be transferred from other institutions.

In consultation with their advisor (normally prior to taking such courses), majors may count up to two courses from outside the department in cases where it may be difficult or impossible to complete their concentration core (see below) within the department. Such courses may not count toward either of the seminar requirements. A minimum grade of C- is required in all courses counted towards the completion of the major.

Of the ten courses, the following are required:

  1. One Foundation Seminar (a high demand course) to be completed during the sophomore year or as soon as possible after declaration of the major.
  2. One course covering the pre- or early-modern period.
  3. One course in U.S. history, one in European history, and one in each of any two of the following areas: Global/Transregional, Africa, Latin America, the Middle-East/Central Asia, East Asia, and South Asia.
  4. Four or more courses to serve as a concentration core (this may be defined either geographically or topically).
  5. One Research Seminar (a high demand course) to be taken within the Department of History at Tufts.

In consultation with their advisor, majors should prepare for their Research Seminar by taking courses, either at Tufts or abroad, that build toward this capstone experience. Ordinarily a Research Seminar will form part of the concentration core. Those intending to write a Senior Honors Thesis (see below) should plan to take their Research Seminar in the second semester of their junior year or, at the latest, the first semester of their senior year.

The concentration requirements for the five courses of an undergraduate history minor are as follows:

  1. One history course covering the pre- or early modern period.
  2. One history course in at least two of three areas: (a) American (b) Europe, and (c) the following group of regions—Africa, Latin America, Middle East/Central Asia, East Asia, and South Asia.
  3. Three courses developed as a coherent core in consultation with the student's history advisor.

Both majors and minors:

Please note that a single course may fulfill several of the concentration requirements. (For example, in both a major or minor, a course on Early Modern Europe could fulfill both the European history and pre- or early-modern requirements).