Course Description




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.

Core Curriculum

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. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:

  • Historiography
  • Research Methods
  • Political Philosophy
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to World History


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:

  • Ancient Greece
  • The Roman Republic
  • The Roman Empire
  • The Byzantine Empire
  • The Mongol Empire
  • The Ottoman Empire
  • History of Nations and States
  • History of the European Union
  • History of Revolutions
  • War Theory
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • The Cold War
  • History of Science
  • History of Philosophy
  • History of Art
  • History of Architecture
  • Archeology

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