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Theme: Colonialism in World History

Sample Course Path

The history of colonialism around the world is a topic of particular interest and modern relevance. The course roster suggested here ranges across time and region, facilitating the easy completion of the upper-division course requirements in the process.

Please note that the courses listed below are only suggestions. Students’ individual selections may vary due to course availability and personal interest. See advisors for questions about specific courses or requirements.

Lower Division Courses
16 credits/4 courses
HIST 104 World History I: Ancient and Medieval
HIST 105 World History II: Early Modern
HIST 106 World History III: Modern
HIST 290 Historian’s Craft required of all majors
300-Level Upper Division Courses
12 credits/3 courses
HIST 322 The Crusades Europe field; pre-1800 history
HIST 326 Colonial/Postcolonial Africa Africa/Middle East field
HIST 380 Latin America I Latin America field; pre-1800 history
400-Level Upper Division Courses
21 credits/5 courses
HIST 407 Environment and Colonialism required research seminar; World field
HIST 415 Topic: Age of Exploration World field; pre-1800 history
HIST 415 Topic: Age of Imperialism World field
HIST 417 Apartheid South Africa Africa/Middle East field
HIST 483 New World Pirates Latin America field; World field pre-1800 history
Language Requirement
2 years of a second language or demonstrated proficiency
FR 101, 102, 103 First Year French
FR 201, 202, 203 Second Year French

Why It Works

A student following this track would meet the 49 credits required for the major.

These upper division courses would fulfill at least 8 upper division credits in pre-1800 history and give a student 8 credits each in three fields of study (Latin America, Africa/Middle East, and World).

A HIST 407 research seminar is required of all majors, and the topic in this example (Environment and Colonialism) also counts toward the field requirement and overall minimum for upper division credits.

French is suggested for this theme as it is a major language in Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. However, other languages would also fulfill the requirement.