First-semester students interested in taking a history class may choose from different sections of History 100. First-semester students are not eligible for any 200-level course. Second-semester students are eligible for a 200-level course in the spring ONLY if they took History 100 in the fall.

Every section of History 100 "Introduction to Historical Inquiry" is open to first-year students. All sections of the course share a few common texts intended to train students in historical methodology and develop students' ability to engage in historical thinking and analysis. Each section then covers a specific historical topic in greater depth, providing both an introduction to that topic and to the study of history more broadly. First-year students who take History 100 in the fall are eligible for 200-level courses in the spring. Without History 100, students must wait until their second year to enroll in 200-level history courses.

300-level seminars follow the appropriate preparation at the 100- and 200-level, and may serve as the basis for more advanced independent research. The department posts lists of planned seminars two years in advance to assist student planning for taking appropriate 200-level prerequisite courses. We encourage history majors to consult with their advisors to determine the most advantageous time to take both their first and second seminars in the context of their overall curricular planning.

Finally, the department advises students to also fulfill its recommended work (which is required to qualify for honors in the major): at least one course focused on pre-1850 history, one course focused on post-1850 history, a course in quantitative reasoning, and three semesters of a modern foreign language or two semesters of a classical language.

There are many ways to complete a major in history, which requires 32 credits of history, 20 taken on campus, 8 of which are at the 300-level. AP history credits do not count toward the history major. Listed below is one possible way of planning the history major. This possibility includes a semester of Off-Campus Study (OCS).

FIRST YEAR FALL FIRST YEAR SPRING
HIS 100 HIS 100 or HIS 2XX if
  HIS 100 completed
SECOND YEAR FALL SECOND YEAR SPRING
HIS 2XX HIS 2XX
THIRD YEAR FALL THIRD YEAR SPRING
HIS 2XX or HIS 3XX HIS 2XX or HIS 3XX
or Off-Campus Study or Off-Campus Study 
FOURTH YEAR FALL FOURTH YEAR SPRING
HIS 2XX or 3XX or 499 (MAP) HIS 2XX or HIS 3XX or 499 (MAP)