LUMS offers a Major in History leading to a BA(Honours) in History. Students majoring in other subjects can also chose to complete a Minor in History. The HSS department offers a wide range of courses across a range of historical time periods, geographical regions, and approaches. The specialised faculty, all of whom have PhDs from leading universities around the world, have with extensive research interests and teaching experience directly related to the undergraduate courses on offer. The History courses at LUMS focus on offerring a multifacted approach to the past through primary and the latest secondary sources. Students encounter and engage with multiples discourses and multiple ways of looking at the past through close study of primary and secondary sources. Instructors use the latest and most appropriate pedagogical techniques. There is a focus on reading, analysis and debate and discussion. Students in particular learn to read historical documents and become attuned to the process of narrative construction. Currently LUMS offers courses which fall into the following areas: Asian History, European History, Global History, History of Art, Muslim History, and South Asia.
History is a core component of a foundational training for all students in the Humanities and Social Sciences. By studying History students learn to understand competing narratives. It helps them appreciate how narratives are created by probing the issues such as: What are the extant sources on which we base a claim to knowledge? Where is this information archived? Is there more than one way of reading a historical document? Do multiple readings contribute to multiple discourses? Are these discourses complementary or irreconcilable? These are thorny debates that explicitly or otherwise influence most disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences. History - with its emphasis on physical and documentary evidence, and its insistence on a careful reconstruction of chronology - offers the a way to unravel these debates.
A BA in History equips a student with analytical tools. Besides a broad-based knowledge of the past, a student of History shall have read seminal historical texts, be knowledgeable about important scholarly contributions in her/his area of specialisation, have developed the skill to read carefully, be able to argue - both orally and in writing - with power and conviction. A student of History would also be cognizant that the discipline requires patience, rigour, and extreme attention to detail before any substantive claim to knowledge can be made. Finally, appreciation of History inculcates a life-long love for learning that contributes to our individual and collective selves in ways that are impossible to quantify.
The History Major
To complete a History Major students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 13 History courses (52 credit hours). Of these courses, no more 3 should be at the 100-level and at least 3 should be at the 300 and 400 level. With official administrative approval, students may take up to 2 courses at an institution other than LUMS. Students are also required, as one of their 13 courses, to take one of the two core courses - either HIST 100 (Introduction to Historical Studies), HIST 101 (World Civilizations). Students taking the Major are encouraged to take the core courses as and when they become available, and the earliest opportunity.
Students are encouraged, in consultation with faculty, to specialise in one of the following areas within the Major: Asian History, European History, Global History, History of Art, Muslim History, and South Asia. LUMS students considering a Major in History are encouraged to contact a History faculty member at the earliest opportunity (see list below).
The History Minor
To complete a History Minor students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 6 History courses (24 credit hours). Of these courses, at least 2 should be at the 300 level or above. Students are also required, as one of their 6 courses, to take HIST 124 (The World Since 1453) and one of HIST 100 (Introduction to Historical Studies) or HIST 101 (World Civilizations). Students taking the Minor are encouraged to take the core courses as and when they become available, and the earliest opportunity.
Research in History
The history faculty at LUMS has received formal training in research methods and analysis in their respective specialist areas, and is research active in these areas. Faculty participate in international collaborative research projects as well carrying out ground-breaking individual research. The research interests of the faculty are broadly grouped into the following 'research clusters': Global South Asia, Intellectual History, International History, Material Culture, Twentieth Century History. LUMS undergraduate students interested in carrying out a Senior Project in one of these areas are encouraged to contact the faculty below at the earliest opportunity.
* The medium of instruction at LUMS is English for all degree programmes offered. Assessments are accepted in English only.