History Political Science Major
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.
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.
Regional concentrations outside the United States must include the second-year or the equivalent in a foreign language appropriate to the area.
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).
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.
Courses by Region
The United States
Political Science: Four courses as listed below
Required: 200 American Politics and Government (if not taken for entry)
At least one course must be taken from each of the following subfield groups.
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
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 two from among the following:
203 Topics Course on the Region 327 Modern China 331 China
At least two from among 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
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) 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
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 Courses by Region
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.
110 Encountering the Past 120 The American Past 200 Topics in History: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration 200 Topics in History: Student Activism in the Civil Rights Movement 210 History of Native America
212 American Environmental History 217 American Frontiers
231 Civil War and Reconstruction, 1845-1877 232 The Emergence of Modern America, 1919-1942
243 Slavery and antislavery Movements to 1860 244 Black People in the US Since the Civil War 267 The Southwest Under Spain and Mexico
268 The Southwest Since the Mexican War 277 Europe in an Age of Revolution: 1789-1870 283 The Jews in Modern Europe 286 War and Society Since the Middle Ages 287 Enlightenment and Culture
288 Intellectual History of Modern Europe 302 The Invention of History
303 The Uses of the Past: Studies in Philosophy and History 304 Advanced Topics in History 312 Crusade and Reform in Europe's Long Twelfth Century 344 Modern France and Italy: Fascism, War and Resistance
393 Germany, 1914-1945: The Crisis Years
115 Survey in Latin American History 236 Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay Since Independence 237 History of Brazil, 1500 to Present
238 Colonial Hispano-America 267 The Southwest Under Spain and Mexico
109 Civilization in East Asia 200 Topics in History: India and China in the Modern World 218 Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia
223 China in the age of Confucius 225 20th Century China 226 20th Century Japan
200 Topics in History: The Search for Islamic Order Yesterday and Today 221 Africa and Europe to 1919 222 The Emergence of Modern Africa, 1885 to the Present 261 The Great Age of Islam, 550-1500 262 Islamic Empires and the Discontents, 1500 to Present
In Consultation with Instructor and Professor Blasenheim
200 Topics in History: History and Philosophy of Identity Prerequisite 200 Topics in History: Science and Empire (Writing Intensive) 256 Education in the West 307 History of Sex: Traditions 308 History of Sex: Modernity
316 History and Literature 330 Colloquium in History and Politics
409 Directed Readings in History 410 Advanced Seminar Advanced Seminar: Borders, Boundaries and Identity. Prerequisite Advanced Seminar: Imperialism (writing intensive). Prerequisite Advanced Seminar: Religion Witchcraft and the Occult. Prerequisite
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