Early Modern World

History & Literature’s Early Modern World field gives students the opportunity to study Europe, the Americas, Asia, and/or Africa between 1300 and 1800. The field highlights connections between themes and events such as the transatlantic slave trade, empires and colonization, the Renaissance and Enlightenment, as well as revolutions in America, France and Haiti. Called the first global age because of the unprecedented movement of people across continents, the Early Modern World encourages the study of transnational exchanges that constituted early modern culture.

In addition to the requirements for all concentrators (5 tutorials and 1 foreign literature course), students in the field of the Early Modern World complete the following requirements:

  • 1 HL90 seminar on a pre-19th-century subject or an early modern introductory course; 
  • 2 survey courses on early modern history and/or literature (each course should cover at least 100 years);
  • 3 courses on the student’s thematic and/or geographic topic of study;
  • 2 elective courses, one of which may be on the medieval or modern period.

Browse our list of Courses That Count for the Early Modern World, and use the Early Modern World Field Worksheet to plot your course of study. 

The following sample field worksheets illustrate how students in the Early Modern World field have used the distribution requirements to create individualized plans of study on topics such as: