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General Requirements

The General History track emphasizes breadth of study among historical areas and periods as well as concentration in one selected field.

General History Track

In addition to completing the requirements for all History majors, the student in the General History track is required to satisfy breadth and concentration requirements.

  1. Breadth Requirements: to ensure chronological and geographical breadth, at least two courses must be completed in a premodern chronological period and in each of three geographical fields:

    1. Field I (Africa, Asia, and Middle East)
    2. Field II (the Americas)
    3. Field III (Europe, including Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and Russia).
    4. Courses fulfilling the pre-modern chronological period (Field IV) may also count for Fields I-III.
  2. Courses can be found in the Stanford Bulletin. 

  3. Concentration: to develop some measure of expertise, students must complete four courses in a single area (including one undergraduate colloquium or research seminar). The proposed concentration must be approved by the major adviser; a proposal for a thematic concentration must be approved by both the adviser and the department's director of undergraduate studies. Areas of concentration are:

    • Africa
    • Asia
    • Eastern Europe and Russia
    • Europe before 1700
    • Europe since 1700
    • Jewish History
    • Latin America
    • Science and Medicine
    • The United States
    • The Middle East
    • International History
    • Comparative Empires and Cultures
    • or a thematic subject treated comparatively, such as war and revolution, work, gender, family history, popular culture, or high culture.
  4. Required course: HISTORY 102 History of the International System is a required course for students who select the International History concentration. This course is offered in Spring Quarter.

More Information

For more information on these tracks and to see lists of pre-approved courses, see our entry in the Stanford Bulletin