History is the study of our past. It involves everything from art and science to politics and war, across all cultures, places, and times. As such, it involves deep familiarity with a range of other subjects that study human behavior and societies, such as art, archeology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and politics. History aims to join these subjects in the search for an understanding and explanation of the past.
Duration: Three to four years (full-time study); six to eight years (part-time study)
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate degree or equivalent general education
The core topics introduce the field of history and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. The Director of Studies will make adaptations based on student ability and schedule. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:
Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies, who will help the student narrow the scope of their selection. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:
The final project in history consists in one or more papers written on an area of specialization. The paper should take the form of a dissertation elaborating an original argument about, interpretation of, or perspective on a method or theory. All final projects should be discussed with the Director of Studies, who will assist in choosing an appropriate focus and method. Advanced students may be advised to submit their paper for publication in an appropriate academic journal.