History (HIST)

The habits of critical inquiry and the deep appreciation for the varieties of human experience across time and space that are developed in studying history provide the basis for a wide range of professional and personal vocations.

Typical First Year Schedule

  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • Foreign Language
  • First Year Seminar (HIST 101-189)
  • HIST 190/191or HIST 193 or HIST 195 or HIST 198/199/Hist 151
  • First Year Seminar (HIST 101-189)
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • Foreign Language
  • First Year Seminar (HIST 101-189)
  • GE/Elective*
Additional Information

Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one First-Year Seminar (HIST 101-189), which are exclusively for first-year students and feature a wide range of topics. Up to two FY Seminars may be counted toward the History major.

*Some Level-2 History courses may be appropriate for first-year students, particularly during Interim or Semester II. Please consult your advisor, the professor teaching the course, and/or the department chair before enrolling.

  • Students may apply one credit toward the major and fulfill one regional distribution requirement if they get a score of 5 on the AP World, U.S., or European history exams.
  • Students may count one course taught at St. Olaf, but offered by another department, toward the major as an elective. Please see the list of pre-approved courses on our website.
  • This rule also applies to select Conversations programs that are successfully completed. Please see the pre-approved list for further details.
  • Nothing available at this time.
Informational Events

Annual Majors Meeting (Typically the third Monday of Semester I. Check with department chair or AAA for this year’s schedule).


History Department Chair – Anna Kuxhausen ()

Academic Catalog
2020-21 courses will be updated in August 2020