Thematic Concentrations for History Majors

Of the ten history courses required for the history major, four must be in a student's area of concentration.  While history majors may choose to concentrate in a geographical region, we encourage them to develop a thematic concentration as an alternative.  Below are some examples of possible thematic concentrations, with suggestions for some of the specific history courses that could count towards fulfilling them. 

Please note that this list is not exhaustive by any means; students, with input from their advisors, may develop individualized thematic concentrations based on their interests and available history courses.  Approved courses from Study Abroad and independent studies may also count towards the four courses needed to fulfill a thematic concentration.  For course descriptions of the classes mentioned below, visit the history Curriculum and Courses page. 

Science, Technology and Medicine

History 150 - History of Science
History 151 - History of Environment
History 206 - American Environmental History
History 215 - Medicine and the Body in East Asia
History 311 - Scientific Revolutions
History 315 - Diseases, Doctors, and Patients:  A Social History of Medicine

War and Diplomacy

History 213 - The Crusades
History 234 - Europe:  1914-1945
History 248 - The American Revolution
History 254 - Revolution, War, and Daily Life in Modern Russia
History 283 - Latin American-US Relations
History 333 - The First World War
History 358 - 19th-20th Century European Diplomacy
History 371 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict
History 375 - Europe's Dictators
History 404 - US-Middle East Relations
 

Religion, Culture, and Society

History 105 - Medieval History
History 106 - Early Modern Europe
History 120 - History of East Asia
History 121 - Middle East to 1750
History 130 - Early Latin American History
History 247 - Early American History
History 253- Autocracy, Uprisings, & Daily Life in Medieval & Imperial Russia
History 259 - Islam
History 270 - African History from Earliest Times
History 271 - African History since 1800

Environment

History 151 - History of Environment
History 206 - American Environmental History
History 211 - Food and Environment in America
History 211 - Looking Across the Pacific
History 373 - Ecological History of Africa
 

Race and Ethnicity

History 272 - Atlantic Slave Trade
History 273 - African Americans Since Slavery
History 274 - Rise and Fall of Apartheid
History 315 - Immigration, Race and the Nation in Latin America
History 377 - Consumerism, Nationalism and Gender

Women, Gender, and Sexuality

History 278 - European Women's History
History 315 - Women and Society in Modern Japanese History
History 374 - African Women's History
History 377 - Consumerism, Nationalism, and Gender
History 378 - Society and the Sexes

Empires and Colonial Societies

History 117 - American History to 1877
History 122 - Middle East since 1750
History 130 - Early Latin American History
History 253 - Autocracy, Uprisings & Daily Life in Modern Russia
History 254 - Revolution, War & Daily Life in Modern Russia
History 271 - African History since 1800
History 272 - The Atlantic Slave Trade
History 277 - European Empires
History 311 - Violence and Colonialism

Migrations and Global Mobilities

History 272 - The Atlantic Slave Trade
History 277 - European Empires
History 315 - Immigration, Race, and the Nation in Latin America
History 389 - African American History
History 392 - Immigrant America