Introductory Courses (6 credits required)
- One introductory survey (course numbered 1XX)
- One additional introductory course, chosen from any 100- or 200-level course listed in History and taught by History Department faculty.
- Please note:
- History Department faculty” does not include “affiliated faculty.”
- This course can be an introductory survey, a lecture, or a seminar.
- This course can be home-based or cross-listed in History.
Students may satisfy introductory course requirements using AP credit if they have earned a score of 5 on the AP European, U.S., or World History examinations.
- Students will be awarded 3 units of credit per AP exam, for a maximum of 6 credits towards the major or minor.
- A score of 4 on any of these exams may earn 3 units of elective credit, but will not be counted towards the major or minor.
Upper Level Courses
At least 18 3XX or 4XX level units PLUS a capstone experience (for a minimum of 22 advanced units). Requirements at this level include:
- at least one course designated “pre-modern” and one course designated “modern”
- at least one course from three of the following geographical areas: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, the United States, or transregional history (see note below*)
- History 301, “Historical Methods,” a required methods course for all majors
- The Capstone Experience: History majors must, prior to graduation, complete a capstone experience consisting of:
- successful completion of the Senior Honors Thesis; OR
- an Advanced Seminar; OR
- an independent research project with a significant writing component (History 500); OR
- directed fieldwork in the historical or archival profession, with a significant writing component (History 4001/4002)
- International Baccalaureate: The Department recognizes the superior preparation many students have received in the IB program. However, no credit is awarded for the International Baccalaureate.
- The Department recognizes that some students take their first history course, or develop an interest in majoring in History, only in their junior year, and then face a dilemma in choosing between required introductory courses and upper-level course work more appropriate to their abilities. Such students, with the recommendation of their advisor in History, may petition the Director of Undergraduate Studies to permit a designated upper-level course to substitute for one of the introductory courses. In all such cases, the minimum number of units for the major remains 28 units.
- All upper-level units must be separate courses, not double-counted toward a minor or second major. (Exception: double majors may count one course for both majors if it is cross-listed between the two departments). Courses in the major are excluded from the credit/no credit option.
- If a student chooses to count a transregional course toward the geographical requirement, at least one of the two other geographical areas the student counts toward the major must cover a region that is not included in the transregional course. For example, a student who has completed courses in U.S. and Latin American history could not count a transregional course that examines the comparative history of the U.S. and Latin America. But a student who has taken a transregional course on the U.S. and Latin America could take a course on either U.S. or Latin American history, and would then need to take a course covering an area other than the U.S. or Latin America in order to satisfy the third area requirement.
- [Courses taken pass/fail or credit/no credit do not count towards the major or minor.]*
*The Department of History recognizes the extraordinary challenges students are facing at this moment. Therefore, courses taken pass/fail or credit/no credit during the Spring 2020 semester will be counted towards the History major and minor. This is in keeping with the Arts & Sciences interim amendments to academic policies for Spring 2020 expanding the possibilities for pass/fail and graded credit. See https://insideartsci.wustl.edu/interim-policies#anchor-group-13245 for more information.