Introductory Courses (Below HIST-UA 100)
- 16 of the 36 points (4 classes) may be in introductory courses.
- Introductory Courses, usually broad and general, are useful to prepare students for courses that treat subjects in more depth and detail.
Advanced Courses (HIST-UA 100 & above)
- All 36 points of the history major may be in advanced courses, but 20 of the 36 points (5 classes) must be in advanced courses.
- Advanced courses examine themes or narrower subjects, usually over shorter periods of time, in greater depth and detail than introductory courses. Many of these courses have limited enrollments.
The Workshop (course number in the 900 range, HIST-UA 9XX) (previously HIST-UA 101)
- This course introduces majors to the core skills, methods, and approaches of the discipline. This course teaches this key disciplinary content, such as reading primary sources and analyzing historical arguments, through a series of case studies related to a particular theme (ie: revolutions, warfare, slavery, capitalism, etc). The goal of the Workshop is to prepare our majors to succeed in more advanced seminars, including, eventually, a Capstone Seminar.
- The Workshop must be taken before a Capstone Seminar. Students may not take a Workshop concurrent with the Capstone Seminar.
- Transferred courses never count toward this requirement.
- The Workshop must be taken at NYU Washington Square Campus Fall or Spring semester.
Capstone Seminar (course number in the 400 range, HIST-UA 4XX)
- One Capstone Seminar is required for the history major. Students must take the Workshop and be at least second-semester sophomores to enroll in a Capstone Seminar.
- Seminars are designed to offer students an opportunity to discuss a series of topics or issues around a table in an intimate setting of fewer than twenty students and a faculty director. Each student is expected to undertake a research project and make an oral presentation in class about some or all aspects of the project. The professor and fellow students critique each other’s work in progress and offer helpful suggestions and insights of their own.
- At the end of the semester, the student will submit a final paper to the professor who will then assess a grade based on the quality of the paper as well as class participation throughout the semester. This is not a lecture course and normally there are no mid-term or final examinations.
- The Capstone Seminar can double count towards the Geographic or pre-1800 requirements, as long as the student takes 9 courses total.
- Regular history seminars are not considered capstone advanced-level seminars, a capstone seminar must have a course number in the 400 range.
- The Capstone Seminar must be taken at NYU Washington Square Campus Fall or Spring semester.
- For majors, we will allow up to 4 points of AP/IB/A-Level credit to count as one intro history course.
- To receive AP credit, you must have achieved a score of 4 or better on the AP test in AP European History, AP United States History, or AP World History.
- If AP/IB/A-Level credit is used toward the major, the student may only petition two other non-History or non-NYU course toward their major.