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The department educates students to be active historians and encourages them to engage the library’s rich collection of primary sources. Students take courses in African, Asian, European, Latin American, and United States history, as well as a course in pre-1800 history and two seminars. Student work culminates in a senior thesis incorporating analytical, writing, and research skills and often involving field work in local archives, such as the FDR Library and Museum in Hyde Park, or summer research in the US or abroad. The department also offers a correlate sequence.