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History-Political Science

Applicable for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Advisers: Professors BLASENHEIM, HENDRICKSON, LEE, LINDAU, and MURPHY

This major gives a student the opportunity to apply the perspectives of history and political science to an area of the world of his or her choosing.

Major Requirements

There are three ways to enter this major.

  • Students may take either History 104, 105 or 288 or Political Science 115 or 150.

  • In consultation with one of the Department of History's history-political science advisors, students may take one course in European history addressing a period up through the 18th century, and one course in European history addressing a period from the 18th century forward.

  • Students may also enter the major by taking one course in each of two subfields in political science: in American Politics, 200; in Comparative Politics, 236; in International Relations, 209 or 225; in Political Theory, 242, 270, 292, or 298.  Students who choose this option should consult an adviser in the Department of Political Science about the sequence of courses most appropriate to the chosen regional concentration.

Regional Concentration:

Each student must take at least four additional units in each department. A concentration in United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, or Africa/Middle East satisfies the requirement. Students are strongly advised to consult the advisors for the major in each department in choosing courses relevant to each region in order to make sure that they fulfill all requirements.  In political science, all four courses must come from those listed with the chosen regional concentration. In history: a minimum of three units of the four required units must be taken within the chosen region of concentration. A student who wishes to do so may propose, subject to the approval of the advisors and the chairs of each department, a coherent program for the study of another world region other than those listed here.

Language Requirement:

Regional concentrations outside the United States must include the second-year or the equivalent in a foreign language appropriate to the area.

Capstone Requirement:

In addition, each student must complete the Colloquium in History/Political Science (330) and one unit of advanced research (History 420), or a tutorial in political science in the subfield area in which most political science courses were taken for the major).

Thesis:

Any history–political science major may apply to write a thesis instead of taking the unit of advanced research, subject to the approval of both departments. A student must submit a proposal outlining the subject and identifying general sources by the beginning of Block 8 of the junior year, or, if a student is off campus in the junior year, the proposal may be submitted at the beginning of Block 1 of the senior year. The thesis should be interdisciplinary in nature and include the use of primary materials. The proposal should be submitted to both departments.

Students who maintain a 3.7 GPA in the major through Block 7 of senior year may be considered for Distinction in History/Political Science. Thesis students who wish to be considered for distinction must complete the thesis by the end of Block 7 of the senior year.

The majors’ advisors may approve credit toward the major for other special or advanced courses when appropriate to a student’s concentration. “Topics” courses in both history and political science are examples. Approval should be sought from history-political science advisors prior to taking such a course.

History-Political Science Major
Political Science Courses by Region

Political Science Advisors: David Hendrickson, Robert Lee, and Juan Lindau

The United States

History: see History requirements
Political Science: Four courses as listed below

Required: 200 American Politics and Government (if not taken for entry) 

Remaining courses must come from those listed in the catalog under "American Politics" and those listed below:

225 Conduct of American Foreign Policy
242 Conservatism and Liberalism (if not taken for entry)
292 American Political Thought (if not taken for entry)
317 The American Founding
325 The American Century
375 Introduction to International Political Economy

Europe 

History: see History requirements
Political Science: four courses from those listed below
At least one course must be taken from each of the three of the following subfield groups.

Political Theory

205 Foundations of Political Economy
226 Gender and Politics
234 Freedom and Empire: The Drama of Ancient Politics
235 Shakespeare's Political Wisdom
270 Liberty and Equality (if not taken for entry)
290 Foundations of Political Thought
298 What is Political Philosophy? (if not taken for entry)
371 Political Thought from Kant to Nietzsche
372 Political Thought Since Nietzsche
344 Realism and Idealism in Political Philosophy
419 Seminar in Political Philosophy Comparative Politics
236 Introduction to Comparative Politics (if not taken for entry)
272 Cities, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice
301 Europe and itsGovernments
306 Democracy and Markets
308 Russia
312 Balkan Politics
333 Building the European Union

International Relations

203 Topics in Politics: Energy & Climate and Energy
209 Introduction to International Relations (if not taken for entry)
309 Origins of the Modern State System
311 Contemporary International Politics
325 The American Century
356 Global Environmental Policy
375 Introduction to International Political Economy 

Latin America

History: see History requirements below
Political Science: Four courses from those listed below

At least two from among the following

203 Topics Course on the Region
335 Comparative Politics: Latin America I
336 Comparative Politics: Latin America II
342 Inter-American Relations

At least one of the following:

203 Topics in Politics: Global Health
205 Foundations of Political Economy
209 Introduction to International Relations

or

225 Conduct of American Foreign Policy (if not taken for entry)
236 Introduction to Comparative Politics (if not taken for entry)
253 Introduction to International Development
272 Cities, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice
306 Democracy and Markets
311 Contemporary International Politics
325 The American Century

Asia

History: see History requirements
Political Science: Four course from those listed below

At least two from the following:

203 Topics Courses on the Region
327 Modern China
331 China

At least one of the following: 

203 Topics in Politics: Energy and Climate Change
203 Topics in Politics: Global Health
205 Foundations of Political Economy
209 Introduction to International Relations

or

225 Conduct of American Foreign Policy
236 Introduction to Comparative Politics
253 Introduction to International Development
272 Cities, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice
306 Democracy and Markets
311 Contemporary International Politics
325 The American Century
356 Global Environmental Policy

Africa/Middle East

History: see History requirements below

Political Science: Four courses from those listed below

At least two of the following: 

203 Topics in Politics: Israelis and Palestinians
203 Topics in Politics: Iran
313 Comparative Politics: Middle East & North Africa
314 International Politics of the Middle East & North Africa
339 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa

At least one of the following: 

203 Topics in Politics: Energy and Climate Change
205 Foundations of Political Economy
209 Introduction to International Relations

or

225 Conduct of American Foreign Policy (if not taken for entry)
236 Introduction to Comparative Politics (if not taken for entry)
272 Cities, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice
306 Democracy and Markets
311 Contemporary International Politics
325 The American Century
356 Global Environmental Policy

Departmental advisors may approve credit towards the major for other special or advance courses when appropriate to a student's concentration. "Topics" courses in both History and Political Science are examples. Approval should be sought prior to taking such a course.

History-Political Science Major
History Courses by Region

History Advisors: Peter Blasenheim
In order to fulfill the history requirements, a minimum of three units of the four required units must be taken within the chosen region of concentration

United States

HY110 Historical Studies: Bill of Rights (writing intensive)
HY120 The American Past
HY130 The Reinvention of the Greeks: Identity, Empire, and Diaspora
HY151 The United States and China: Images, Perceptions and Realities
HY200 Topics in History: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
HY200 Topics in History: Student Activism in the Civil Rights Movement
HY210 History of Native America
HY212 American Environmental History
HY217 American Frontiers
HY230 Recent U.S. History, 1920-1970
HY231 Women in America before the Civil War
HY232 American Women in IndustrialSociety
HY240 Foundations of American Constitutionalism and Diplomacy
HY243 Slavery and Antislavery Movements to1860
HY244 Black People in the U.S. Since the Civil War
HYZS0 Social Movements in the United States History
HY251 Growth of American Thought and Culture
HY267 The Southwest Under Spain and Mexico
HY268 History of the Southwest Since the Mexican War
HY277 Early Modern Europe, 1660-1789
HY278 Europe from 1789-1848
HY279 Europe from 1848-1914
HY280 20th Century Europe
HY283 The Jews in Modern Europe
HY286 War and Society Since the Middle Ages
HY287 Enlightenment Culture
HY288 Intellectual History of Modern Europe
HY302 The Invention of History
HY303 The Uses of the Past: Studies in Philosophy and History
HY304 Studies in European Social History
HY305 Studies in American Social History
HY312 Faith, Reason and Medieval Society
HY317 Modern Central and Eastern Europe
HY318 Modern Russia and the Soviet Union
HY344 Modern France and Italy: Fascism, War and Resistance
HY376 England: The Age of Kings
HY377 England: Reformation and Revolution, 1485-1714
HY393 Germany Since 1918: Dissolution and Reunification

Latin America

HY224 Survey in Latin American History
HY236 Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay Since Independence
HY238 Colonial Hispano-America
HY267 The Southwest Under Spain and Mexico
HY340 History of Brazil, 1500 to Present

Asia

HY109 Civilization in East Asia
HY151 The United States and China: Images, Perceptions and Realities
HY200 Topics in History: India and China in the Modern World
HY218 Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia
HY223 China in the Age of Confucius
HY225 20th Century China
HY226 20th Century Japan
HY319 Modern Central Asia and Eurasia
HY327 20th Century China
HY328 20th Century Japan
HY384 Cultural and Social History of China

Middle East/Africa

HY200 Topics in History: The Search for Islamic Order Yesterday and Today
HY221 Africa & Europe to 1919
HY222 The Emergence of Modern Africa, 1885 to the Present
HY261 The Great Age of lslam, 550-1500
HY262 Islamic Empires and their Discontents,1500 to Present

In Consultation with Instructor and Professor Blasenheim

HY200 Topics in History: History and Philosophy of Identity. Prerequisite
HY200 Topics in History: Science and Empire (writing intensive)
HY256 Education in the West
HY271 History of Sex: Traditions
HY272 History of Sex: Modernity
HY316 History & Literature
HY330 Colloquium in History and Politics
HY409 Directed Readings in History
HY410 Advanced Seminar
Advanced Seminar: Borders, Boundaries and Identity. Prerequisite
Advanced Seminar: Imperialism (writing intensive). Prerequisite
Advanced Seminar: Religion, Witchcraft and the Occult. Prerequisite