Fields of Focus

Fields of Focus

The field of focus may be geographical (such as Latin America) or geographical and chronological (such as Modern North America) or transnational (such as ancient world) or thematic (such as urban history). Students who choose North America or Europe must also choose a chronological focus (i.e. classical Europe, medieval and early modern Europe, colonial North America, modern North America, or Modern Europe). Fields in Latin America, Africa, East Asia, or Middle East/South Asia do not require a chronological definition. Students who are interested in thematic or transnational fields should discuss their interests with a concentration advisor.

Thematic fields of focus include but are not restricted to:

  • Comparative Colonialism
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Law and Society
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Science, Technology, Environment and Medicine (STEAM)
  • Urban History

Examples of transnational foci include:

  • The Ancient World
  • The Early Modern Atlantic World
  • Africa and the Diaspora
  • The Mediterranean World from Antiquity to the Middle Ages
  • The Pacific World