Welcome to Georgetown's History major!
The study of history encompasses every dimension of human interaction, from social life to economy, from religious experience to artistic expression, from culture to family, from ideas to politics, etc., in their complex inter-relations over time. Students of history learn about individuals, groups, communities, nations, or empires from every perspective, employing a variety of approaches and techniques to raise questions and search for answers. The study of history is thus one of the best ways to challenge our ideas and assumptions about the world, because it leads us to question the simplified accounts of the world and of its problems that we all encounter in our daily lives. Because of the integrative approach that is at the core of historical study, knowledge of history moreover expands our ability to engage with complex causal analysis and gives us the opportunity to explore changes and continuities in all spheres of human endeavor, and to understand the human experience as a process of dynamic evolution. Thus, knowledge of history is central to becoming an engaged and informed citizen, attuned to the complexities of the modern world and prepared to play a constructive role in it.
Georgetown undergraduates who choose to major in history will benefit from the Department’s thoughtfully structured program and have access to a variety of courses on many and diverse world regions, time periods, and topics and themes. They will also improve their critical reading, writing, and analytical abilities and develop strong research skills. The history program also encourages majors to explore significant connections between history and other disciplines, and easily allows opportunities to study abroad.
If you are considering majoring in history, please explore the information available on this web site, and feel free to consult with the Department’s faculty and with current history majors.
HONORS PROGRAM AND AWARDS
The Department of History encourages excellent students to participate in its Honors Program. Junior majors apply and are selected for the Program on the basis of their GPA and research project. The Program consists of a two-semester Senior Honors Seminar, in which students produce a distinguished research thesis of scholarly depth and analytical sophistication. The recent theses are now available electronically through the Lauinger Library.
The Department also bestows four other awards to graduating seniors in history, the Morris Medal and the Foley Award to history majors in the college and the Davids and Nevils awards to history majors in the School of Foreign Service.
Phi Alpha Theta is the National History Honor Society. Georgetown's Chapter, Beta Pi, was founded in 1948. We invite all students interested in history to learn more about Phi Alpha Theta and Beta Pi.