Historians treat the past as a foreign place that can unlock the mysteries of the present and the future. We study history for instrumental reasons, to redress the pervasive “history deficit” in political discourse and policy formation. We also study the past for broader, more imaginative purposes: to see and understand that everything in human experience – ideas, emotions, identities, social hierarchies, categories of difference – has a history that is constantly changing.
Thinking like a historian will help you understand how attention to change, context, and contingency is critical to understanding the ethical and political dilemmas of the past, present, and future. These skills provide a foundation for careers in law, medicine, education, business, and public policy, while fostering the grounded imagination that makes activism, innovation, and entrepreneurship possible.
Taken as a whole our curriculum at Bachelor in History (with Geographic concentration in United States and Canada) program offered by Duke University aims for majors to:Understand history as a discipline.
- This involves developing knowledge within a chosen area of concentration, realizing that historical interpretations change over time, and seeing the ways in which historians find layered, complex causes and connections in human affairs.
- This involves defining research questions and framing them as part of ongoing scholarly conversations, establishing what contexts matter to those research questions, finding a variety of evidence – from speeches to visual materials to court records and beyond – and analyzing it to help refine and answer their questions.
- This involves writing with clarity and cogency and understanding that, in History, content (what something says) cannot be separated from form (how it is said).
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- American History to 1876
- America from 1877 to the Present
- American Dreams and American Realities
- Gateway Seminar: Cold War America
- Gateway Seminar: The Meaning of Freedom in American History
- Gateway Seminar: Native American History Through Autobiography
- Gateway Seminar: Civil Rights and Asian Americans
- Gateway Seminar: Living Through the Great War
- Gateway Seminar: Topics in History- RELIGION IN AFRICAN DIASPORA
- Topics in History Seminar-COMPARATIVE DISABILITY HISTORY
- The Romance Novel: History, Culture, and Form
- The Foundations of Modern Terrorism
- Life Within Capitalism
- Women and Popular Culture
- Alexander Hamilton
- 48 months
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Official transcripts for all academic work completed in high school are required and must be submitted by your school counselor or another school official
- All applicants must complete either the ACT or SAT
- If you are a non-native English speaker or if you are not currently studying in an English-medium curriculum, we recommend but do not require that you take an English proficiency test (DUOLINGO, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL)
- A one-page personal essay as well as short essay questions specific to Duke
- We require three letters of recommendation for each applicant: one from your school counselor and two from teachers who have taught you in major academic courses (English, mathematics, social studies, sciences, foreign languages)
- A nonrefundable $85 application fee
- To obtain an F-1 visa for study in the United States, a foreign citizen must furnish his or her home country’s U.S. consulate with proof of ability to meet educational expenses, along with the I-20 form.
International57934 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 57934 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
National57934 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 57934 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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