Statement Regarding Curriculum for History Majors

December 27, 2016
The George Washington University offers many opportunities to study American history and the history of other parts of the world. Last year, the history department voted to change the course requirements for the history major at GW. The faculty felt new requirements were needed to address changes in the scholarly history field. The field has broadened to reflect a more globally connected world. GW, like most universities and colleges, is offering more courses in the history of parts of the world that were once ignored or given little attention. 
All history majors must take at least one broad introductory history course, as well as upper-level courses. Students who are interested in American history can take introductory and upper-level courses in American history if they choose. The department continues to offer high-quality U.S. history courses, as well as courses focused on the history of Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and other areas of the world.
All history majors earn a B.A. in History. Students can choose to specialize in the history of a particular region, including the U.S., or in a time period, topic or a combination of these focus areas. 
GW also offers a rigorous program in American Studies through a separate department. Students can delve into the culture, politics and history of the United States and its role in the world through the American Studies major.