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Theme: Indigenous Cultures

The Department of History has a number of teaching scholars who specialize in the study of indigenous societies in the past and present. Taken together, the cultural impact of these peoples on colonial and national histories has been and continues to be profound. The following path emphasizes several eras and parts of the world where the investigation of indigenous cultures has been particularly well developed, leading students through fascinating investigations of cultures that they may or may not have encountered in their earlier educational experiences.

Lower-Division Credits:  16 Credits/4 Courses

HIST 105, World History II:  Early Modern
HIST 106, World History III: Modern
HIST 186, Cultures of India
HIST 290, Historian’s Craft

Upper-Division:  12 300-Level Credits/3 Courses

HIST 325, Precolonial Africa (Africa/Middle East Field, History before 1800)
HIST 326, Colonial/Postcolonial Africa (Africa/Middle East Field)
HIST 380, Latin America I:  Pre-Columbian to 1750 (Latin American Field, History before 1800)

Upper-Division:  21 400-Level Credits/5 Courses

HIST 407, Mesoamerican Conquests (Research Seminar, Latin American Field, History before 1800)
HIST 415, Topic: Age of Exploration (World Field, History before 1800)
HIST 455, Colonial American History (U.S. Field, History before 1800)
HIST 469, Topic: Indian Removal (U.S. Field)
HIST 482, Aztecs and Incas (Latin American Field, History before 1800)

History Major Language Requirement

Spanish 101-203 (2 Years of a Second Language)

Notes: Following a path like this would allow a student to specialize in the history of indigenous peoples of Africa, North America, and South America and fulfill all major credit requirements (49 graded credits at all levels). Students would be able to fulfill upper-division major course requirements in History before 1800 (at least 8 credits/2 courses) and in three fields, Africa/Middle East, Latin America, and US (at least 8 credits/2 courses in each of the chosen fields). Note that particularly at the 400-level, a student might take another topic in HIST 469 or a 400-level African history course rather than HIST 415 and achieve the same result. In terms of language, Spanish is suggested because of its significance in the history of the Americas; however, French, Italian, or German, not to mention an African language, would also work.