First-Year Students

History Courses for First-Year Students

First year students are encouraged to consider all 100- and 200-level courses.

  • Courses numbered in the 100s are designed exclusively for first years. 
  • All courses numbered in the 200s are open to first-year enrollment without prerequisite.
  • With the exception of offerings numbered in the 300s, the History Department does not organize its courses hierarchically.  There are no prerequisites, and there is no prescribed sequence in which students should take courses.  Any 100 or 200-numbered course that interests you may be a good place to begin.
  • This fall, we are offering one First-Year Seminar
  • HIST 114 - American Hauntings (Prof. Kate Grandjean)
  • Take advantage of these First Year Seminars, because they're only available to you in your first year.
  • Please note that you don't need any previous background in American history to benefit from and do well in these courses.  So, if you are new to U.S. History, please consider joining one of these courses.  That goes for all of our offerings numbered in the 200s.  Our courses are designed to allow you to jump in from a starting point of general interest in a region, culture, or time period, or from a specific topical interest, such as capitalism, slavery, the South and the Civil War, the Cold War, or cities. 
  • Some courses may resemble courses you've taken previously.  The titles might seem familiar, but the approach to learning these subjects will most likely be substantially different, with greater analytical depth than you may have encountered in high school.

Please don't hesitate to email professors about their courses.