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 field encourages the study of the transnational exchanges that constituted early modern culture.

In addition to the requirements for all concentrators (5 tutorials and 1 course that satisfies the language requirement), students in the Early Modern World field 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. 

Questions about the Early Modern World field should be directed to Assistant Director of Studies Alan Niles.