St. Olaf’s history offerings are structured to help students achieve different learning goals at different levels. In Level-I seminars, students approach history as a way of learning through a focused analysis of primary sources in context. In Level-II courses, students explore historiography and the constructed nature of history in topical, regional and thematic contexts. Level-III seminars center research skills and challenge students to formulate their own questions about history, historiography, and historical methods.
Level-I seminars are open to juniors, sophomores and first-year students only.
Before entering Level-III courses, students with little or no background in a particular area or period should consult with the instructor.
Requirements for the Major
History majors are required to take nine courses, including one Level-II Methods Seminar and three Research Seminar or DUR courses at Level III. Three Level-I courses may count toward the major. Students must take at least one course in each of three global areas: Category 1 (Africa, Asia, Latin America), Category 2 (United States), and Category 3 (Europe & Russia). Typically this area requirement should be fulfilled in Level-I or Level-II courses.
Petition to Transfer Credit for History Courses Taken Off-Campus
If you are planning to study abroad, please send the following information to History Professor Timothy Howe regarding the course(s) you plan to take:
- Syllabi for the course.
- Any assessment prompts.
- One paragraph outlining why this course should count toward the History major, and where it should count:
- a) Africa, Asia, Latin America
- b) American History
- c) Europe and Russia
Careers in History
Additional helpful documents when considering a history major and planning which courses to take, are