History Major

History Major

History

Major

History majors explore the past to be better prepared to excel as leaders in the future. The Department of History offers three rewarding tracks within the history major: American history, international history, or military history.

Broad historical knowledge is central to developing informed citizens and soldiers. It helps cadets place their service as future Army officers in the context of U.S., Western, and world history. Additionally, it provides the cultural and historical literacy necessary for officers to serve effectively wherever in the world they may find themselves. This is particularly true in the case of counterinsurgency warfare, where victory depends on achieving legitimacy in the eyes of the indigenous population. 
 
Officers with an appreciation of history recognize that every situation is historically unique. They understand that history is of value not in divining answers about the future but in asking the right questions. History is the means of putting human activities and ideas in context, avoiding false analogies, lending a sense of scope and scale, assessing moral implications, anticipating unintended consequences, and judging the feasibility and suitability of possible courses of action. Consulting history on these issues helps officers arrive at thoughtful, appropriate, and humane solutions to the problems they will face in their careers.  

All Cadets interested in majoring in History will choose to complete the degree without a thesis, with a thesis, or complete an honors degree with a thesis.

 

To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of History.

 

American History Track

Cadets majoring in American history explore in depth the past of this great nation to gain an historical understanding of the United States' role in a global context.

 

International History Track

Cadets majoring in international history develop an understanding of states, peoples, cultures, and ways of life in the world outside of the United States. 

 

Military History Track

Cadets majoring in military history examine the changing nature of warfare and of the military profession, and learn how these changes have influenced (and been influenced by) societies, cultures, and ideologies. 

History Major (All Tracks)

Required Courses

HI301 HISTORY OF MILITARY ART TO 1900

HI498 COLLOQUIUM IN HISTORY

 

Military History Track

Required Courses (Choose 5)

HI338 WARFARE IN AGE OF REVOLUTIONS

HI354 WORLD WAR I IN GLOBAL CONTEXT  

HI355 WARFARE-AGE OF INDUSTRIALIZTN 

HI356 WAR AT SEA AND IN THE AIR 

HI357 WARFARE SINCE 1945 

HI358 STRATEGY, POLICY & GENERALSHIP 

HI359 ERA OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR 

HI370 ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL WARFARE 

HI376 EARLY MODERN WARFARE 

HI381 HISTORY OF IRREGULAR WARFARE 

HI383 MIDDLE EASTERN WARFARE 

HI385 WAR & ITS THEORISTS 

HI410 VIOLENCE/SEX: CULTRL HIST WAR 

XH341 INTEL CYBER HISTORY 

XH491 INTERDISCIPLINARY CAPSTNE-HIST

 

This major offers an honors track. 

 

To learn more, view the full History:  Military History Major Curriculum.

 

International History Track

Required Courses (Choose 5)

HI337 CHINA-C. KINGDOM TO COMM RULE

HI339 THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST 

HI340 COLONIAL AMERICA

HI341 THE AGE OF EXPLORATION

HI343 MODERN GERMANY

HI344 MODERN DIPLOMACY

HI345 MODERN AFRICA

HI346 MODERN SOUTH ASIA

HI347 ASIAN WARFARE AND POLITICS

HI348 MODERN LATIN AMERICA 

HI354 WORLD WAR I IN GLOBAL CONTEXT 

HI361 MEDIEVAL EUROPE

HI364 MODERN WESTERN EUROPE 

HI365 THE ANCIENT WORLD 

HI367 IMPERIAL AND SOVIET RUSSIA 

HI368 MOD CENTRAL & E. EUR,1896-1989 

HI369 AMERICAN FRONTIERS 

HI372 US FGN RELATIONS SINCE 1898 

HI383 MIDDLE EASTERN WARFARE 

HI390 EARLY NATIONAL AMERICA 

HI391 WORLD RELIGIONS 

HI392 AMERICAN HISTORICAL MEMORY 

HI394 REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA 

HI395 HIST OF CIVIL WAR AMERICA 

HI396 MAKING OF MODERN AMERICA 

HI397 COLD WAR AMERICA 

HI398 CIVIL RIGHTS IN AMER HIST 

HI410 VIOLENCE/SEX: CULTRL HIST WAR 

HI460 SENIOR FACULTY COURSE 

HI461 TOPICS IN GENDER HISTORY 

HI462 THE HISTORY OF INNOVATION 

HI463 RACE, ETHNICITY, NATION 

XH341 INTEL CYBER HISTORY 

XH405 THE HOLOCAUST AND ITS LEGACY 

XH415 GENOCIDE AND ETHNIC CLEANSING 

XH491 INTERDISCIPLINARY CAPSTNE-HIST

 

This major offers an honors track. 

 

To learn more, view the full History:  International History Major Curriculum.

 

U.S. History Track

Required Courses (Choose 5)

HI340 COLONIAL AMERICA 

HI369 AMERICAN FRONTIERS 

HI372 US FGN RELATIONS SINCE 1898 

HI390 EARLY NATIONAL AMERICA3.0 

HI392 AMERICAN HISTORICAL MEMORY 

HI394 REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA 

HI395 HIST OF CIVIL WAR AMERICA 

HI396 MAKING OF MODERN AMERICA 

HI397 COLD WAR AMERICA 

HI398 CIVIL RIGHTS IN AMER HIST 

HI410 VIOLENCE/SEX: CULTRL HIST WAR

XH341 INTEL CYBER HISTORY 

XH491 INTERDISCIPLINARY CAPSTNE-HIST

 

This major offers an honors track. 

 

To learn more, view the full History:  U.S. History Major Curriculum.

 

History Major (All Tracks)

Sample Electives

HI337 CHINA-C. KINGDOM TO COMM RULE 

HI338 WARFARE IN AGE OF REVOLUTIONS

HI339 THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST 

HI340 COLONIAL AMERICA 

HI341 THE AGE OF EXPLORATION 

HI343 MODERN GERMANY 

HI344 MODERN DIPLOMACY 

HI345 MODERN AFRICA 

HI346 MODERN SOUTH ASIA 

HI347 ASIAN WARFARE AND POLITICS 

HI348 MODERN LATIN AMERICA 

HI354 WORLD WAR I IN GLOBAL CONTEXT 

HI355 WARFARE-AGE OF INDUSTRIALIZTN 

HI356 WAR AT SEA AND IN THE AIR 

HI357 WARFARE SINCE 1945 

HI358 STRATEGY, POLICY & GENERALSHIP 

HI359 ERA OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR 

HI361 MEDIEVAL EUROPE 

HI364 MODERN WESTERN EUROPE 

HI365 THE ANCIENT WORLD 

HI367 IMPERIAL AND SOVIET RUSSIA 

HI368 MOD CENTRAL & E. EUR,1896-1989

HI369 AMERICAN FRONTIERS 

HI370 ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL WARFARE

HI372 US FGN RELATIONS SINCE 1898 

HI376 EARLY MODERN WARFARE 

HI381 HISTORY OF IRREGULAR WARFARE 

HI383 MIDDLE EASTERN WARFARE 

HI385 WAR & ITS THEORISTS 

HI390 EARLY NATIONAL AMERICA 

HI391 WORLD RELIGIONS 

HI392 AMERICAN HISTORICAL MEMORY 

HI394 REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA 

HI395 HIST OF CIVIL WAR AMERICA 

HI396 MAKING OF MODERN AMERICA 

HI397 COLD WAR AMERICA 

HI398 CIVIL RIGHTS IN AMER HIST 

HI410 VIOLENCE/SEX: CULTRL HIST WAR 

HI461 TOPICS IN GENDER HISTORY 

HI462 THE HISTORY OF INNOVATION 

HI463 RACE, ETHNICITY, NATION 

XH405 THE HOLOCAUST AND ITS LEGACY 

XH415 GENOCIDE AND ETHNIC CLEANSING 

XH341 INTEL CYBER HISTORY 

 

Cadets in this major have the opportunity to apply for a summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience. Majors may also publish their work in the West Point Undergraduate Historical Review and work with either of the department’s academic centers.

 

To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of History, the Center for Oral History, or the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.