Skip to Content

Theme: Environmental History

Sample Course Path

Concerns about the health of the environment are widespread in our current age, making this topic area of particular significance for students of history. The path suggested here ranges across time and space in a way that will fulfill all major credits and course requirements.

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 105 World History II: Early Modern
HIST 106 World History III: Modern
HIST 273 Introduction to American Environmental History
HIST 290 Historian’s Craft required of all majors
300-Level Upper Division Courses
12 credits/3 courses
HIST 325 Precolonial Africa Africa/Middle East field; pre-1800 history
HIST 379 American Environmental History, 1890-Present US field
HIST 385 Business History of the US and India Asia field
400-Level Upper Division Courses
21 credits/5 courses
HIST 407 Environment and Colonialism required research seminar; Africa/Middle East field
HIST 415 Environmental History of the Pacific Ocean World field
HIST 415 Energy and World Politics World field
HIST 473 Topic: US Environmental History US field
HIST 473 Topic: Environmental History in Colonial Americas US field; pre-1800 history
Language Requirement
2 years of a second language or demonstrated proficiency
ITAL 101, 102, 103 First Year Italian
ITAL 201, 202, 203 Second Year Italian

Why It Works

A specialized path such as this would lead a student through the world of environmental history while fulfilling the 49 required credits for the major.

These upper division courses would fulfill the 8 credit requirement for pre-1800 history (HIST 325 and HIST 473) and give a student 8 credits each in three fields of study (Africa/Middle East, World, and US). Note that the courses used to fulfill the pre-1800 requirement also count towards the field requirements.

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

Italian is, of course, only one of many languages a student could elect as their second language concentration.