The IHIS major has several basic requirements. Courses must be selected from lists posted on the IHIS website each semester. The complete breakdown of how many courses are required in each category is:
- HIST 305, Global Perspectives on International History
- Four courses chosen from the approved list in International History posted on the BSFS web site, including at least one colloquium or seminar (numbered from HIST 300-499; HIST 305 does not fill this requirement). Courses offered by the Department of History, the School of Foreign Service, and other departments are included on this list, which covers topics in social, cultural, intellectual, and political history
- Five courses for the self-designed concentration within the major. Concentrations may be thematic, regional, or periodic in character and must be developed in consultation with a faculty mentor.
Note: at least 2 but no more than 3 of the courses applied to your major must come from outside of the history department. Of these non-history courses, at least 1 must be in your self-designed concentration.
Effective starting with the Class of 2022 (incoming fall of 2018):
Students design their own major of 8 three-credit courses, within a general structure:
Core Seminar: History 305: Global History
Concentration: 5 courses (designed in concentration with the IHIS dean; at least 1 course must be from outside the HIST Department)
Electives: 2 HIST courses
Senior Honors Thesis Option: Students who qualify may elect to join the 8 credit History Honors Thesis Seminar. The thesis should culminate the concentration and the Seminar counts as 2 courses within a 5-course concentration.
Concentrations may be global and thematic or regional and integrated:
Global/thematic concentrations, for example, for example, may focus on environmental change; states, war, and diplomacy; capitalism and social change; politics and gender; race, ethnicity, and identity; religion and nationalism—and more, as the student may design.
Concentrations focused on a region in the world aim to integrate historical analyses of states, societies, environments, cultures and more—again selected and defined by the student. Georgetown historians (and our colleagues in diverse disciplines) bring notable strengths on Europe and the U.S., Russia and its neighbors; the Middle East and the Islamic World, East Asia, Latin America, and Africa (and we are moving toward South Asia).
Thematic concentrations are often best accompanied by electives that bring depth in one or more world regions; Regional concentrations normally integrate multiple thematic perspectives and may be best accompanied by electives setting the region in global context.
All IHIS students must take History 305: International History (offered every semester). The seminar introduces students to key questions and problems and diverse approaches to International History and is best take early in the program. Different instructors and sections will emphasize different world areas and approaches. IHIS students may take a second section when appropriate.