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Undergraduate Program


updated March 3, 2017

Welcome to the History Department at Vanderbilt University. With forty-two full time faculty, the department is one of the largest in the College of Arts & Science. Fifteen of our members hold endowed chairs, nine have won prestigious teaching awards, and three are directors of affiliated programs. Our faculty are dedicated teachers, specializing in the histories of the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Atlantic World, East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Our faculty are also specialists in a wide range of topical areas, including medicine and science, gender and race, slavery, law, economic history, and religion. 

We offer more than 150 courses that are available to students in all of Vanderbilt’s schools and undergraduate programs. The department is committed to the principle that in a changing world, the way we learn about the past must also change. It will continue to develop new courses for the twenty-first century, with an emphasis on those that recognize the interconnections among the various civilizations and regions of the globe. For more information on history courses, refer to the 2015-16 Undergraduate Catalog, or speak with Professor Lauren Clay, Director of Undergraduate Studies, during his office hours. 

History majors concentrate in one of eight areas: Asia, Latin America, European, Early America and the United States, Middle East and Africa, Global and Transnational, Science, Medicine, and Technology, and Comparative History/Special Topics. History majors are eligible to be part of the Honors Program, in which 169 honors theses have been written and defended since 1985 when the program began. History majors are also eligible to participate in Phi Alpha Theta and the Undergraduate History Association and apply for Gertrude Casebier Grants for student travel. 

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