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Theme: Indigenous Cultures

Sample Course Path

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.

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 186 Cultures of India
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 326 Colonial/Postcolonial Africa Africa/Middle East field
HIST 380 Latin America I: Pre-Columbian to 1750 Latin America field; pre-1800 history
400-Level Upper Division Courses
21 credits/5 courses
HIST 407 Mesoamerican Conquests required research seminar; Latin American field, pre-1800 history
HIST 415 Topic: Age of Exploration World field, pre-1800 history
HIST 455 Colonial American History US field, pre-1800 history
HIST 469 Topic: Indian Removal US field
HIST 482 Aztecs and Incas Latin America field; pre-1800 history
Language Requirement
2 years of a second language or demonstrated proficiency
SPAN 101, 102, 103 First Year Spanish
SPAN 201, 202, 203 Second Year Spanish

Why It Works

Following a path like this would allow a student to specialize in the history of indigenous peoples of Africa, North America, and South America while fulfilling the 49 required credits for the major.

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

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

In terms of language, Spanish is suggested because of its significance in the history of the Americas. However, French, Italian, German, or an African language, are also recommended choices.