The History Department exposes you to the richness, diversity, and complexities of human history during various periods and in different geographic regions, with attention to critical issues such as ethnicity, class, and gender.
To graduate as a history major, you must complete 11 courses in history above the 101 level.
- At least three, but no more than four, 100-level courses above 101, normally to be completed by the end of the second year, divided among at least three of the following areas (see note 2):
a. Pre-Modern Europe (109, 110, 111, 112, 119, Humanities I)
b. Modern Europe (120, 121, 122, 125, Humanities II)
c. United States (141, 142)
d. Latin America, India, Far East, Middle East, China, Africa (162, 163, 168, 169, 171, 175, 176, 183, 184)
Note: Students who have completed the Humanities Program receive credit for one 100-level course in either a or b, but not both.
- One or two courses numbered between 200 and 298, to be taken at Davidson College. 200-level courses should normally be taken by the end of the second year, and must be taken by the end of the third year.
- Three to six courses between 299 and 479, at least one of which must be a topical seminar at the 400-level.
- History 480 (Senior Research Seminar), or History 488/489 (Kelley Honors Seminar).
- One regular course applied to the major must deal substantially with the pre-modern period (109-119, 162, 168, 169, 171, 175, 183, 215, 218, 311-319, 321, 322, 383, 385, 388, 414, 416, 421, 422, 465, 475, 478, HUM I, or suitable transfer course).
- One regular course applied to the major must cover a topic outside Europe and the United States (162, 163, 168, 169, 171, 175, 176, 183, 184, 218, 264, 273, 282, 364, 365, 367, 368, 369, 375, 381, 383, 385, 386, 387, 388, 469, 472, 475, or an approved course taken elsewhere).
- Normally, at least seven of the courses used to satisfy the major are to be taken at Davidson.
- If abroad or attending another institution, a student can receive up to two credits for a semester away from Davidson; for a year, up to three courses. Any history course taken at another institution for which a student desires major credit must be discussed with the department chair before leaving and after returning.
- Davidson's Cambridge Summer Program counts as one history credit at the 300-level.
For additional information and requirements for majoring in history, visit the College Catalog.