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The Major

Advisers

Jeffrey Ahlman, Marnie Anderson, Ernest Benz, Joshua Birk, Darcy Buerkle, Daniel K. Gardner, Sergey Glebov, Jennifer Guglielmo, Richard Lim, Elizabeth Pryor, Ann Zulawski.

Requirements for the Major in History

The History major comprises 11 semester courses, at least six of which shall normally be taken at Smith, distributed as follows:

  1. Field of concentration: five semester courses, at least one of which is a Smith History department seminar. Two of these may be historically oriented courses at the 200-level or above in other disciplines approved by the student's adviser.

    Fields of concentration: Antiquity; Islamic Middle East; East Asia; Europe, 300-1650; Europe since 1650 to the present; Africa; Latin America; United States; Women's History; Comparative Colonialism.

    Note: A student may also design a field of concentration, which should consist of courses related chronologically, geographically, methodologically or thematically, and must be approved by an adviser.

  2. Additional courses: six courses, of which four must be in two fields distinct from the field of concentration.
  3. No more than two courses taken at the 100-level may count toward the major.
  4. Geographical breadth: among the 11 semester courses counting towards the major there must be at least one course each in three of the following geographical regions:
  • Africa
  • East Asia and Central Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East and South Asia
  • North America

Courses both in the field of concentration and outside the field of concentration may be used to satisfy this requirement. AP credits may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

Courses cross-listed in the History Department section of the catalogue count as History courses toward all requirements.

A student may count one (but only one) AP examination in United States, European or World history with a grade of 4 or 5 as the equivalent of a course for 4 credits toward the major.

The S/U grading option is not allowed for courses counting toward the major.

A reading knowledge of foreign languages is highly desirable and is especially recommended for students planning a major in History.

THE MINOR

Advisers

Jeffrey Ahlman, Marnie Anderson, Ernest Benz, Darcy Buerkle, Daniel K. Gardner, Sergey Glebov, Jennifer Guglielmo, Richard Lim, Elizabeth Pryor, Nadya Sbaiti, Ann Zulawski.

Requirements for the Minor in History

The minor comprises five semester courses. At least three of these courses must be related chronologically, geographically, methodologically or thematically. At least three of the courses will normally be taken at Smith. Students should consult their advisers.

The S/U grading option is not allowed for courses counting toward the minor.