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History (HIST)

Chair: A. Barrera
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Today the study of human history is critical to global survival; the experiences of others serve as guides to present and future conduct. At the same time, exposure to rigorous historical method and clear narrative style develops conceptual skills, research competence, writing fluency, and sensitivity to the uses and abuses of language and historical knowledge. The history department curriculum includes courses on African, Asian, Caribbean, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and North American subjects, and on contact and interaction among these societies. Majors are encouraged to take courses in related departments and programs. Competence in at least one foreign language is also desirable.

Advanced Placement

Colgate course credit is awarded to students receiving a score of 4 or 5 on the AP European History exam and the AP U.S. History exam. Students receiving a score of 4 or 5 on the AP European history exam receive a total of one course credit for HIST 101 (0.5 course credits) and HIST 102 (0.5 course credits). Students receiving a score of 4 or 5 on the AP U.S. history exam receive a total of one course credit for HIST 103(0.5 course credits) and HIST 104 (0.5 course credits). AP credit results in graduation credit but does not count towards the history major.

Students considering a major in history may begin with 100-level surveys or 200-level courses. The 100-level survey courses introduce students to the college-level study of history. Prospective majors with AP history credit should consider enrolling in 200-level history courses that pique their interest.

For further details, see the University Catalogue, or contact the department chair, Professor Antonio Barrera at abarrera@colgate.edu.