Major and Minor

History is a versatile, useful discipline that provides a number of methodological tools applicable in all professional endeavors. Historians constructively use knowledge of the past to understand the present and construct the future. By rigorously studying documents, oral traditions, and artifacts, historians establish the context of events that provide patterns of meanings of significant contemporary collective social relevance. The craft of the historian connects thought, values, behavior, institutions and culture while providing invaluable training in collecting, analyzing, synthesizing and reporting on data.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

The program in history at Johns Hopkins carefully directs students in research methodologies while working intensively in the classroom with individual faculty to discover the richness, challenges and stylistic varieties of historical writings. Histories of Europe, the United States, Latin America, Africa and China are offered along with a number of cross-disciplinary programs such as Women’s Studies, Jewish Studies, The Humanities Center, Africana Studies, Latin American Studies, Medieval Studies, and Global Studies. Majors require research and writing.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • Any 100 level History course (AS.100.1xx) or any 200 level History Freshmen Seminar
  • Appropriate foreign language courses
  • Explore an auxiliary field by taking another Humanities or Social Science course
  • Consider an elective N, Q, or E course to begin distribution requirements
  • Elective
  • Total 12-17 credits

Career Exploration

Skill Set

The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in History:

  • Writing and orally presenting information
  • Analyzing ideas and information
  • Knowledge of how societies cope with change
  • Explaining the present by referring to the past
  • Identify and explain themes, zeitgeists, and connections between people, ideas and societies

Career Center

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