majoring in History have the opportunity to develop either a thematic or a geographical
concentration. Geographical regions with strong faculty support include North
America, Europe, Latin America, Asia/Middle East, and Africa. A wide
variety of thematic concentrations are possible, such as environment, science, gender,
colonialism, war, race, and intellectual history. For more information please
consult the department website.
Introductory courses appropriate for prospective
students with good high school preparation in American or European history
should consider enrolling in a 200-level course. However, because the
First-Year program should seek to develop skills and to get a feel for what
history at the college level is like, a 100-level survey course is strongly
recommended for most First-Year students.
Early Modern Europe to 1799
Modern Europe, 1789-2000
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
East Asia: China and Japan
Middle East to 1750
Middle East since 1750
Latin American History I
Latin American History II
History of Science
Global Environmental History
American Environmental History
Topics in American History
Topics in European History
Topics in Comparative History
HIST 223, Renaissance Europe
HIST 253, Russia: Clans to Empire
African History from Earliest Times to c. 1850
African History since 1800
Students intending to major
in History should take HIST 204 no later than the second year. Students
planning to study abroad for the year are encouraged to take HIST 204 their
third semester. This course, which has a prerequisite of one completed course
in History, is intended to provide tools – library research techniques,
analysis of primary materials, and writing of papers – that the History student
will find helpful throughout his or her college career.
and credits that may affect course selection
Advanced Placement: Credit is
awarded automatically for Advanced Placement examinations in European, US, or
World History with scores of 4 or 5. Although AP and IB courses may result
in college credit, they do not count toward the history major.
Introductory courses that fulfill distribution requirements
Division II: Any one of the courses in history.
HIST 119, South Asia: India and
120, East Asia: China and Japan
HIST 121, Middle East to 1750
HIST 122, Middle East since 1750
HIST 130, Latin American History I
HIST 215 (as appropriate), Topics in
HIST 270, African History from Earliest Times
to c. 1850
HIST 271, African History since 1800
HIST 272, The Atlantic Slave Trade
HIST 274, Rise and Fall of Apartheid
For course descriptions and requirements for the major, refer to the Academic Bulletin: History.
study and independent research
Contact the faculty member teaching in the area of your topic (or other
faculty) to talk about developing a topic proposal.
Internship Coordinator in the Career Center, and/or an individual member of the
history department for information. Internships are ordinarily scheduled in the
junior or senior years. Examples of recent internships: House Divided Project,
Pennsylvania State Archives, Military History Research Institute, Carlisle Barracks,
Dickinson Archives, and Cumberland County Historical Society. The department
also encourages and helps place students in rewarding summer internships.
for off-campus study
The department encourages participation in the many off-campus options
worldwide. The Dickinson programs in Bologna and Norwich are particularly
attractive options for History majors.
for graduate study
contemplating graduate work in History should consult members of the department
concerning foreign language requirements and supporting courses in the social
sciences and humanities.
of Majors: This
body plays an active and significant role in the work of the history department.
Committee members help organize and promote a wide variety of departmental
programs and events. They also meet with and help to evaluate job candidates,
and gather information and advise the department when faculty are being
considered for contract renewal, tenure, and promotion.
Careers: Many History majors continue
their education, most frequently in law but also urban studies, history,
museums and libraries, social services, and business. Others enter government
service, management trainee programs, secondary education, and journalism.