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 that define the student’s topic of study.
  • 3 elective courses related to the topic of study.

To declare the Modern World as your field of study, use the Modern World Field Worksheet to plot your course of study at the end of your sophomore year. Then, at the beginning of your junior year, complete the Modern World Proposal Form and attach a brief explanation of your proposed topic of study. The courses approved as part of a proposal constitute the unique list of courses that count for your field requirements.