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History Major

The Department of History and Classics at Providence College is excited to offer a new History major curriculum, effective with the incoming class of 2024.  We believe that our new, revamped major, which doesn’t alter the existing number of History courses a student must take, has two major advantages.  First, by reducing the number of U.S. and European history requirements and adding a non-Western one, it prepares students to understand the increasingly global, cosmopolitan, and diverse world that we now inhabit.  Second, it adds an elective, which gives students greater flexibility to choose courses that align with their intellectual passions and personal interests.  This could mean taking more courses in specific regions of interest (i.e. U.S., Asia, Latin America, etc.) or forging a course of study based on particular thematic focus (i.e. race, gender, warfare, politics, religion, etc.).  

New Major Requirements:

  • HIS 100: Thinking and Writing About History 
  • 2 U.S. History courses
    • 1 from HIS 255 or 256
    • 1 from HIS 257 or 258
  • 2 European History courses
    • 1 pre-1715 course
    • 1 post-1715 course
  • 2 non-Western History courses 
  • 3 History Electives 
  • Junior Senior Seminar (or History Honors Thesis option) 

Take a look at our specific list of courses that satisfy our U.S., European, and non-Western history requirements.  

Do you have Advanced Placement credits to apply?  Take a look at our AP policy to see how it could impact your course selections.  

If you’re a current History major and wish to opt-in to the new major, all you need to do is consult with your advisor and fill out the Major Opt-In Form , which explains both the old curriculum and the new one.   

Note that the new curriculum doesn’t apply to the current Classics  or History/Secondary Education major programs.