Bachelor in History Amherst College
Students who complete the major in History will be able to
Think critically about the relationship between historical evidence and arguments.
Challenge and revise existing narratives of the past, both to comprehend the events they describe and to shed light on society’s evolving needs and concerns.
Question their own ideas and assumptions, and reflect on the often hidden relationships between ideas and social institutions, and between individuals and their cultures.
Analyze texts, documents, and oral historical materials, and assess the uses made of these materials by other historians.
Frame research questions, conduct independent research, and write persuasively.
The requirements for the history major encourage students to develop these capacities by studying the history of a particular region or historical topic in depth and by ranging more widely so as to fulfill geographical and chronological breadth requirements.