2016-2017 Pitzer Catalog 
    Sep 21, 2020  
2016-2017 Pitzer Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History Major

Requirements for the Major

A major in history requires the successful completion of at least 11 courses in history. Included among these must be the following introductory courses:

With the approval of a history major adviser, students may substitute one of the following courses for HIST 025 PZ /HIST 026 PZ : HIST 017 CH -Chicano/Latino History HIST 111B AF -African American History Since 1877 ; or HIST 125 AA -Introduction to Asian American History .

It is preferable that students take these required introductory courses during their first two years at the College. In addition to the three introductory courses, students must complete:

Finally, each student is expected to develop a coherent thematic or topical focus comprised of at least three (3) courses in history; of these three courses, at least one must involve producing a significant research paper. An asterisk before the course number indicates that the course contains a significant research component. For example, a student might construct a thematic focus on labor and economic history by taking U.S. Labor History, Marx in Context and The Great Depression; or a focus on knowledges and sciences by taking Schooling, Early Modern History of Science, and History of the Police State; or a focus on gender and colonialism by taking Magic, Heresy and Gender 1400-1700, Diaspora, Gender, and Identity, and Gender in African History. Many other configurations are possible; students should consult with their history major advisers in developing appropriate thematic clusters.

While the history major does not require the study of a foreign language, students are strongly encouraged to develop language skills relevant to their thematic or topical foci. Students hoping to pursue graduate study in history (other than U.S. history) are especially urged to acquire a competence in a relevant language as early as possible.


Students whose overall GPA equals or exceeds 3.5 may be nominated by the history faculty to write theses, which will be considered for honors by the field group. Courses taken in order to write honors theses (typically HIST 199 PZ ) will be counted as additions to the 11 courses required for the major.