History courses taken at colleges and universities outside of the Five Colleges (including Study Abroad programs and history courses taken elsewhere by transfer students)
Students who have taken history courses outside of the Five College Consortium (including history courses taken in study abroad programs and history courses taken by transfer students at other institutions) must petition the department to receive approval to count those courses toward the major. In general, a course taught in a History department by History department faculty in a college or university stands a very good chance of being accepted for the major. However, approval for the major is not automatic: you must petition the department by completing this form.*
Completing the form requires the following:
1. Indicate Institution: Please provide the name of the institution at which the course(s) was taken and, if applicable, the study abroad program. .
2. Course information and request for additional major requirements: Please provide the course's name/number and semester it was taken. You can also indicate if you'd like a course to receive credit for a particular area concentration, or to satisfy the breadth requirement for a comparative history or a pre-1800 course.
3. Description: Please include a description of the requirements completed for the course: papers, readings, exams, etc.
4. Attached document: Please attach -as a single PDF- copies of the syllabus (syllabi), reading list(s), and papers you completed. (If you are petitioning for more than one course, please collate the PDF in the order you entered them in the form.)
Please petition the department in a timely manner: if for some reason the petition is denied you will need to make up the additional course(s) at Amherst.
If you need more information about how to petition the department, please ask your adviser.
*If you are petitioning for credit for more than three courses, please complete an additional form.