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Classics History Politics Major


Classics-History-Politics has several components: The first is an historical requirement that provides students with a basic chronological knowledge of what has happened from antiquity to the twentieth century. The second is a historiographical requirement to help students understand the methods necessary to study subjects historically, and to understand the varying uses to which historical knowledge has been put. Third, students must write a senior thesis, enabling them to strike out on a path of independent research that synthesizes the learning acquired in the major. Fourth, students must acquire proficiency in one ancient (normally either Latin or Greek) and one modern language. This is to enable students to enter more fully into past worlds of experience and into current worlds of experience decidedly different from our own, and to deepen their scholarly abilities.

I. Entry Into the Major

A. Satisfactory completion of the AP:A requirement through courses offered in Art History, Classics, History, Philosophy, or Political Science. OR

B. Or satisfactory completion of HS 120-Renaissance Culture or GS 101-Freedom and Authority. OR

C. An alternative course or courses approved by the Classics-History-Politics faculty.

When declaring the Classics-History-Politics majors, students choose an advisor from the Classics-History-Politics faculty.

II. Historical Requirement and Political Theory
 - 6 units (one unit from each of the four historical periods and two units of political theory)

A. Antiquity
Classics 214-Greek Foundations
Classics 250-Athenian Democracy
Classics 215-Hellenistic Foundations
Classics 216-Roman Foundations

B. Middle Ages and Renaissance
History 274-The Middle Ages: The Making of Europe
History 275-The Renaissance and Reformation: Crisis and Dissent
History 312-Faith, Reason and Medieval Society.

C. Modern Period
History 252-Origins of Modern Science
History 276-English Constitutional History
History 277-Early Modern Europe
History 278-Europe from 1789-1848
History 288-Intellectual History of Modern Europe
History 377-England: Reformation and Revolution, 1485-1714
Political Science 270-Liberty and Equality
Political Science 292-American Political Thought.

D. Contemporary Period
History 280-20th Century Europe
Political Science 275 Religion and Politics
Political Science 344 Problem of Law and Justice
Political Science 392 Political Philosophy at the Millennium
History/Political Science 425-Colloquium in History and Politics
Political Science 408-Tutorial in Political Theory.

PS 419 Seminar In Political Philosophy: Morality of Power and PS 419 Seminar in Political Philosophy: Philosophy and Politics in Post-modernity which may include material from different periods, will count where most appropriate in the historical sequence. Please contact the relevant professor.
Note: Substitutions and special tutorials may be arranged with the Classics-History-Politics faculty, replacing courses which are not offered in a given year or covering material required for a particular student's program

III. Historiograhical Requirement

A. Classics 221/History 302-The Invention of History
B. History/Political Science 303-The Uses of the Past OR History 301-Studying History.

History/Political Science 303 is offered as an independent study, non-block course or as a Summer Readings Program course. Those wishing to exercise this option should consult Professor Fuller. For details about History 301 students should consult Professor Neel. For details about Classics 221/History 302 see Professor Cramer.

IV. Senior Thesis

All majors are required to write a senior thesis under the supervision of one of the Classics-History-Politics faculty. Thesis proposals are submitted to all Classics-History-Politics faculty for comment and approval. Majors may receive up to two units credit for senior thesis work, using the thesis and independent study rubrics in the department of the advisor in each case: Classics 322 or 401, 402, 411, 412, and 431; History 409 and 415; or Political Science 402 or 450.

V. General Seminar

The seminar meets once or more per block throughout the academic year, involving presentations by students and faculty or visitors, and common readings and discussions. The seminar is open to all Classics-History-Politics majors and they are expected to make it a regular part of their academic activities.

Academic credit for the seminar may be arranged using extended-format rubrics in classics: students should consult Professors Dobson or Cramer. This credit would not exceed 1 unit during a student's career.
VI. Language Requirement
Students must demonstrate working proficiency in a classical language, normally either Latin, Greek, or Hebrew and in one modern language.


Owen Cramer, Classics
Marcia Dobson, Classics
Eve Grace, Political Science
Timothy Fuller, Political Science
Carol Neel, History

History Department and Classics Department