Pathways Through the History Curriculum

Penn History is delighted to release a pilot version of a web-based app designed to help undergraduates create their own unique path through the department's rich curricular offerings: Penn History Pathways!  Simply put, this fun and engaging game-like platform encourages students to ask “how can history help me answer big questions?” instead of “which requirements does this course fulfill?”  

The Pathways app can be used in a couple of ways. 


pathways landing page



The Pathways app can be used in a couple of ways. 

  1. By selecting one of the “Pathways” listed at the top of the page, students can explore courses with topical and methodological similarities.  Pathway options include:
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Cities and Environments
  • Ideas and Beliefs
  • War and Revolution
  • Law and Society
  • Slavery and Race
  • Wealth and Inequality
  • Culture and Everyday Life
  • Global Connections and Movements


  1. If a student has already taken a history course, they can select it from the menu and see how it connects – literally, via the network of pathways – to other courses.  For example, the image below shows the “Network View” for HIST 314 Victorian Britain.  The Pathway “Culture and Everyday Life” links HIST 314 to other courses by a wide red line.

Pathways course page

We hope these Pathways will spark new conversations between students and advisors that take them beyond the confines of curricular requirements. Please give it a try and let us know what you think!


Note: not all History courses are included on the Pathways.  Currently, it includes spring 2020 lecture courses and all fall 2020 courses.  To see which courses are offered when, please consult the History Department website Courses page.