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The Major/Minor

Tulane University's distinguished history faculty teach and write about Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the United States, extending from the ancient to the contemporary world. Not simply the study of the past, history provides us with the tools and knowledge to assess where humanity has been and contextualize our future. History helps us build bridges across time, culture, and geography. Majoring in History provides students the vital tools of the 21st century: analysis, argument, understanding, and communication.

If you wish to declare History as a major or minor, please bring the Declare a Major/Minor form to Professor Brian DeMare, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, during his office hours or make an appointment.

Requirements of the History Major

  • The History major consists of ten courses totaling at least 30 credits, excluding one-credit courses.
  • All majors must take at least three seminars. Both the Methods Seminar and the Advanced Seminar must be taken at Tulane.
  • One of those must be a 3000-level Historical Methods Seminar.
    • These seminars train students how to understand the contingency of historical interpretation, frame historical questions, use primary sources, and develop historical analysis and arguments. Students must take a Historical Methods seminar and its lab component. It is not sufficient to take the 3000-level seminar without the co-requisite laboratory in order to satisfy this requirement.
  • One seminar must be a 6000-level Advanced Seminar.
    • All History majors must take one of the Department's 6000-level advanced seminars. We encourage majors to take a 3000-level methods seminar before the advanced seminars. All 6000-level seminars require a major research paper of at least 20 pages that incorporates analytical, research, and writing skills. Students may not complete the Advanced Seminar requirement until their junior/senior year.
  • The 3rd Seminar must be at either the 3000 or 6000 level.
  • Students must take at least one pre-1800 course and at least one post-1800 course.
  • Students must take at least one course in four of the following six areas: Africa (HISB), Asia (HISC), Europe (HISA and HISE), Latin America (HISL), Middle East (HISM), and United States (HISU).
  • No more than three (3) 1000 level courses may count toward the major.
  • Courses that do not have a letter grade cannot count toward the major.

The Requirements of the History Minor

The History minor consists of six courses distributed as follows:

  • No more than one course at the 1000-level.
  • At least one 3000-level seminar.
  • At least one 6000-level advanced seminar.
  • Courses that do not have a letter grade cannot count toward the major or minor.

Pre-1800 and Post-1800 Courses

Click here to download the list of pre- and post-1800 courses.

If you declared a History Major or Minor BEFORE January 1, 2013, please click here to review the requirements.

Accelerated MA Degree (4+1 Program)

We offer an accelerated Master of Arts Degree in History. This is available only to Tulane undergraduate history majors. By allowing you to transfer 12 semester hours of graduate level courses in history (6000 or 7000-level) into the graduate program, this option will enable you to earn a M.A. in History one year after your undergraduate degree. More details can be found on the 4+1 Program Page.