Be inquisitive

Jackson Dunne
Kiara Day
Cree Country
Ryan McHale
Looking up at the tower of Ira Allen chapel
Lafayette statue in the moonlight


To help students acquire these necessary skills and to gain insight into the meaning and matter of history, UVM's department of history offers a wide variety of courses aimed at the first-year student, all of which require analysis and writing in some form. The department recommends that incoming first-year students take any of its introductory courses, numbered 09 through 096, all of which assume no previous university-level work in history. Students should select the introductory course or course sequence that seems closest to their current interests. First-year students should not take any 100-level history courses without first consulting the instructor, and normally no first-year student will be allowed into a 100-level course without AP credits or their equivalent.

Major requirements


In addition to meeting the other necessary requirements, students who major in history must also include fifteen hours of concentration in one of the departments’ three areas of study below and six hours in each of the others.

  • HI02 - Europe
  • HI04 - Africa, Asia, Middle East/Global
  • HI05 - The America

The fifteen-hour concentration must include one course at the intermediate level and one seminar at the advanced level. (The Americas concentration must include three hours in Canadian or Latin American History).

Review the courses by area of concentration:

PDF icon History Courses by Area of Concentration (PDF)

4 Year Plan for Career Success


  • Advertising
  • Banking & Finance
  • Education
  • Government Relations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Market Research
  • Museum Curation
  • Public Relations/Corporate Communications
  • Writing & Editing

Graduate Schools

  • Northwestern University
  • University of California-San Diego
  • University of California-San Bernardino
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Toronto