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History, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (QS) Northampton, MA, United States
The Department of History at Smith endeavors to cultivate in its students a critical understanding of past and present human societies that will help them become informed, thoughtful and engaged citizens of the world. By offering our students the opportunity to discover historical inquiry as a meaningful part of their humanistic formation, history contributes directly to the highest intellectual mission of the college.
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  • The study of history offers many rewards. The training in careful reading, rigorous analysis, and effective writing and oral communication has numerous applications for all students whether or not they choose to go on to advanced studies in history. Exposure to different historical epochs opens new horizons, placing at our students' disposal a far wider range of human experiences than any individual could plausibly acquire in her own lifetime. With the world appearing to become ever more complex and bewildering in the variety and multiplicity of the interactions of its parts, we can help students understand more clearly not only their place in contemporary society but also the longer term political, social, economic, intellectual and cultural currents that are coming together in our increasingly globalized world. History thus belongs still at the very heart of a 21st century liberal arts curriculum.
  • We give our students the opportunity to study history within a national or regional context as well as comparatively, through examining historical societies that are removed from each other in geographical space and in time. The department therefore strives to maintain a balanced curriculum that no only has areas of coherence and intellectual depth but also covers some of the most important human societies of the past wherever they might be found.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Ancient Greece
  • Apsects of Ancient History
  • The Making of the Modern Middle East
  • Aspects of Middle Eastern History
  • The Emergence of China
  • Women and Gender in Japanese History
  • Colonial Latin America, 1492-1825
  • Continuity and Change in Spanish America and Brazil
  • Race, Gender and United States Citizenship, 1776-186
  • Inquiries into United States Social History
  • Modern Europe
  • Environment and Society in Contemporary China
  • Reacting to the Past
  • The Silk Road
  • Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World
  • World War Two in East Asia: History and Memory
  • Women and Gender in Modern Europe, 1789-1918
  • Aspects of African History
  • National Latin America, 1821 to the Present
  • The United States Since 1877
  • The Holocaust
  • History of Israel

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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General Requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

  • the formal application
  • application fee ($60)
  • official transcripts of the undergraduate record
  • letters of recommendation from instructors at the undergraduate institution
  • GRE - required for applicants to the MS in biological sciences
  • applicants from non–English-speaking countries must submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • a paper written in an advanced undergraduate course; MFA playwriting candidates must also submit one or more full-length scripts or the equivalent
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    46010 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46010 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    46010 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46010 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Northampton

  • 1156 - 2400 USD/month
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