Modern World

History & Literature’s Modern World field encourages students to pursue transnational projects c. 1750 to the present. It allows students to connect the experiences of colonization to contemporary problems and possibilities of globalization. Students will craft and study individual topics of interest, which might include themes such as migration and diaspora, movements of labor and capital, the rights and representations of minorities, and the negotiation of cultural differences. The field also encourages students to pursue thematic studies that cross national and cultural boundaries.

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

  • 1 HL90 seminar on a transnational topic or an introductory course on colonization, diaspora, or global history or literature;
  • 4 courses on the student’s topic from multiple national, regional or cultural perspectives;
  • 3 elective courses, one of which may focus on a pre-modern period.

To declare the Modern World as your field of study, complete the Modern World Proposal Form and attach a brief explanation of your proposed topic of study. Proposals may be submitted by the petition deadline at the beginning of each semester or by the Plan of Concentration deadline at the end of the academic year. The courses approved as part of a proposal constitute the unique list of courses that count for your field requirements.

After your proposal has been approved, use the Modern World Field Worksheet to plot your course of study.