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History Major Paths

Students majoring in History can choose either The Global Program or The Field of Focus (FOF) Program when deciding a concentration path.

The Global Program

 This program draws on long-standing regional, geographic, and national frameworks that have organized historical inquiry. These are:

  • Africa (AF)
  • Asia (AS)
  • Europe (EU)
  • Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)
  • Middle East (ME)
  • Transnational (TN)
  • United States (US)
The Global Program in history consists of nine courses, structured as follows:

1.Students must complete three courses at the 100 or 200 level. To encourage breadth of study, each of these three must carry a different geographic designation (see the list above).
2.HIST 199, History Workshop (formerly HIST 200/299). All majors must take HIST 199, normally before the conclusion of sophomore year. HIST 199 does not count toward requirement 1.
3.Three courses at the 300 level. At least one of these courses must be designated other than (EU) or (US).
4.At least one seminar at the 400 level other than HIST 490, normally taken in the junior or senior year.
5.Only one of the nine courses for the major may be taught by a non-departmental historian. This includes history courses offered in off-campus study groups, at other institutions, and at Colgate; all such courses are subject to approval by the history department.
6.One additional history course at the 200-level or above, or any 300-level foreign language course. Courses taught in translation do not meet this requirement.

Global Concentration Form
(to be filled out with your advisor)

The Field of Focus (FOF) Program

This program allows students to devise individualized, but also intellectually coherent, specializations. Possible fields of focus include:

  • Black History
  • Capitalism, Commodities, and Class
  • Cultural History
  • Empires and Colonialism
  • Environmental History
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Indigenous History
  • Intellectual History
  • Migration and Diaspora
  • Race and Racism
  • Religion and Society
  • Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Social Movements and Human Rights
  • War and Violence

Students in the Field of Focus Program develop their specialization (i.e., field of focus) in consultation with their academic adviser. Students who choose this program are required to

submit a field of focus statement at the time of their major declaration and will normally update or revise the statement at least once prior to enrolling in a 400-level seminar. Students may select their courses to fit one of the department’s suggested fields (see above), or they may design their own field of focus in consultation with their adviser.

The Field of Focus Program consists of nine courses, structured as follows:
1.Students select seven HIST courses of their choosing, at least four of which should relate directly to their field of focus.
2.HIST 199, History Workshop (formerly HIST 200/299). All majors must take HIST 199, normally before the conclusion of sophomore year.
3.At least one seminar at the 400 level other than HIST 490, normally taken in the junior or senior year.
4.At least two of the nine courses must be designated other than (EU) or (US).
5.One of the nine courses may be taken outside the department at Colgate, subject to the approval of the student’s academic adviser. These courses might include advanced (300-level) foreign language courses or courses from other disciplines closely related to their field of focus.


FOF Concentration Form
(to be filled out with your advisor)

Pre-Registration

History Majors/Minors are able to register for classes through the Department's Administrative Assistant for a short period of time in order to assist those declared get into the classes they need. An email will be sent out during the fall semester with the dates and instructions. 

Rules:
•Must be a History Major/Minor
•Meet the pre-requisites &/or special requirements to attend the class
•Beware of time conflicts with other classes you will be taking this spring
•Must meet with your advisor before pre-registering

Spring 2019 History Pre-Registration:
Oct 19 8:30am through Oct 29th 4:30pm

Transfer Credit Requests

The History Curriculum and Transfer Credit Committee reviews transfer credits requests on a case-by-case basis with a focus on ensuring the course matches the reading and writing requirements of History Department here at Colgate University. Students will need to fill out the History Transfer Credit Form and send it to the History Administrative Assistant (history@colgate.edu) with supporting documents, such as the syllabus. Please allow time for it to be reviewed by the committee.

History majors and minors should also speak with their academic advisor about any plans to take classes during the summer or abroad first.

Success After Colgate

Colgate alumni who majored in history are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors.