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Box 7128
Davidson, NC 28035

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209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035

History Major & Minor

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.

Major Requirements

A history major consists of 10 courses. At least one, and not more than three, of those courses must be at the 100-level. At least one, and not more than two, must be at the 200-level. At least one must be a 400-level topical seminar. Majors must complete capstone courses in their senior years, either HIS 480 or HIS 488-9, Kelley Honors Seminar

The 10 courses must include at least one from each of the following categories:

  1. Western history (Europe, the US): 111, 112, 119, 120, 121, 122, 125, 141, 142, 211, 225, 228, 244, 245, 252, 253, 255, 262, 302, 303, 307, 315, 322, 324, 325, 328, 331, 332, 336, 337, 340, 341, 343, 344, 346, 354, 355, 357, 358, 359, 365, 390, 420, 422, 424, 426, 427, 433, 439, 440, 441, 444, 446, 449, 455, 459
  2. Non-western history (Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia): 162, 163, 168, 169, 171, 175, 176, 183, 184, 218, 230, 264, 267, 273, 275, 283, 363, 364, 366, 369, 372, 375, 378, 379, 380, 382, 383, 385, 386, 387, 388, 464, 465, 466, 467,469 
  3. Pre-modern history: 111, 112, 119, 162, 168, 175, 183, 211, 218, 315, 317, 372, 385, 422, CLA 332, CLA 435

200-level courses should be taken before the end of the junior year. 100-level and 200-level courses are not open to seniors, except by permission of the instructor.

Except in extraordinary circumstances, to be determined by the chair, at least seven of the 10 courses must be taken at Davidson or on Davidson-run study abroad programs. Students may count no more than one AP or IB course, for which the college has awarded credit, toward the major. Completion of the Humanities sequence (150, 151, 250, 251) counts as one 100-level credit.

For additional information and requirements for majoring in history, visit the College Catalog.

Minor requirements

A history minor consists of six courses, including:

  1. One course at the 100 level. This course should be taken before the senior year.
  2. One course at the 200 level. This course should be taken before the senior year.
  3. Three courses at the 300-level.
  4. Either HIS 480 or a 400-level seminar.

No more than one transfer course (e.g. from study abroad) may count toward the minor.

AP and IB courses do not count toward the minor.