Department of History

World History

The History Department offers an array of undergraduate courses and a graduate minor in world history. Undergraduate courses are offered at all levels of study beginning with foundational courses on the history of the world in the twentieth century, H101 and H102. The program includes lecture courses on such transnational topics as the Black Death, epidemics, East Asian world history, and a variety of undergraduate seminars on world history themes. Many of the seminars carry intensive-writing credit; they may be offered at the 200, 300, or 400 level. Some undergraduate courses are designed to meet the needs of students in the School of Education, preparing education majors to teach world history courses in middle and high school. Others serve the interests of students, mostly not history majors, who want to examine such issues as social development in low-income countries.

At the graduate level, the department offers a colloquium to prepare students to teach college-level world history courses. This course, H591: Teaching World History, is part of the department’s Teaching College History program. Some semesters the department also offers graduate colloquia or seminars in world history, typically on transnational topics.

Affiliated Faculty


H591  Teaching World History

For information on our Graduate program requirements and guidelines see the “Guide to Graduate Study in History”, “Graduate School Bulletin” and the “Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Guidelines”.