The major or the
concentration in history consists of at least nine courses, distributed
1. Students are
required to have two introductory courses at the 100-level, one in pre-modern
history (100, 101,
and one in modern history ( 102,
These courses should normally be taken in the first or second year.
Only two 100-level courses may be counted toward the concentration.
2. Students are
required to have at least seven courses at the 200, 300, or 400 levels,
with at least one in each of the following geographic areas:
a. The United
b. Africa, Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East
c. Europe, including the areas of the former Soviet Union
Of these seven
courses, at least one but no more than two must be a 200-level
"Craft of History" course, and at least one must
be a 400-level seminar other than 490. No course may be be
counted for more than one category (a-c).
3. One of the nine
courses for concentration may be taught by a non-departmental historian.
This includes courses offered on off-campus study groups, at other institutions,
and at Colgate. All such courses are subject to approval by the History
The minor in history
consists of five courses: one 100-level introductory course, one 200-level
"Craft of History" course, and three courses at the 300 or
400 levels, at least one of which must be a 400-level seminar. The five
courses must be drawn from at least two geographic fields (U.S., Europe,
An AP score of
4 or 5 in European History will exempt and exclude an incoming student
101 and 102.
An AP score of 4 or 5 in American history will exempt and exclude a
student from HIST
103 and 104.
Concentrators who have AP credit are welcome to take one or two 100-level
courses in the areas for which they do not have AP credit. Students
with AP credit may take any 300-level course to fulfill the Modern World
concentration requirement. No department credit or exemption
is given for an AP score of 3, or for AP courses taken without the AP
examination. Concentrators will not receive concentration or
minor concentration credit for AP courses (ie. these high school classes
will not count toward the total of nine or five courses needed for the
major or minor respectively).
Requests for transfer
of external credits towards concentration should be directed to the
department chair. Courses must be of comparable quality to the department
program to be approved for transfer. Courses may be submitted in subjects
not offered at Colgate.
who have not transferred from another institution should consult the
department chair before enrolling in courses at other institutions or
in study abroad programs not affiliated with Colgate. Permission to
use such a course for concentration credit is granted selectively, and
only one course may be approved. The department does not normally accept
college-level courses taken in high school under the auspices of other
Students may select
a topical/departmental concentration in Asian Studies/History. For more
information, see Asian
The Department of
Educational Studies offers a teacher education program for concentrators
in history who are interested in pursuing a career in elementary and
secondary school teaching. Please refer to the Educational
Studies webpage or their catalogue
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