The History curriculum is designed to encourage students to read critically, think creatively, research thoroughly, and write effectively. The department encourages students to explore the American past, the European heritage, and Non-Western cultures.
The program provides excellent preparation for law or graduate school, government service, seminary, or museum and archive work. In conjunction with education courses, it can also lead to a certification to teach in secondary education. The department also offers a minor in history.
International Studies Major
The interdisciplinary international studies major provides a broad liberal arts foundation, a basic knowledge of foreign cultures, and an opportunity to concentrate in studies in one or more geographic regions. The major prepares students for graduate study, law school, government service, a position in a multinational corporation, international social services such as the Peace Corps or church-related mission work, or work with an international foundation or volunteer agency. Within the major are three areas of concentration for students to select:
- Option A: Asia
- Option B: Europe
- Option C: General/Global
International Travel Opportunities
Programs for international study include short-term study courses and overseas courses offered through enrollment in other institutions of higher education, both American and international. Wesleyan maintains exchange programs with South Korea and Northern Ireland. Recent May Term courses have included travel to: China, England, Ireland, Italy, Russia, South Korea, and Spain.