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Prerequisites for Candidates for Admission

Distribution Requirement of Courses in History for the MAT Degree in History

The distribution requirement of courses in history can be fulfilled by courses taken at Smith College or by comparable courses taken at other colleges or universities prior to enrollment at Smith College. Equivalency will be determined in the manner currently used by the Curriculum Committee of the Department of History in evaluating and, if warranted, granting credit toward the undergraduate major for courses taken while studying away from Smith College. It is assumed that, normally, MAT candidates in history will have had a major or minor in history for their bachelor's degree and that their history courses taken at Smith College will supplement and build on their earlier courses in history at the college level.

For more information about applying to the MAT Program in History visit the Web site of the Department of Education and Child Study or contact the Office of Graduate Study at gradstdy@smith.edu, (413) 585-3050.

Optimal Preparation

Ten history courses at the intermediate or advanced level, comparable to undergraduate courses at the 200 or 300 level at Smith College, distributed in four fields, as follows:

  • Chinese or Japanese history
  • Islamic history
  • Latin-American history
  • African history is also recommended, though it is currently not offered on a regular basis in the department.
  • Courses in the history of the Indian subcontinent and of other regions of Asia may also be counted toward the "non-Western" distribution requirement, even though no courses in these fields of history are offered on a regular basis in the departmentM

MAT candidates in history have the option of concentrating two of their four courses in "non-Western" history in the same field.

Minimal Requirements

Seven history courses (as stated above), distributed in four fields as follows: