Historical and Political Studies

Courses in this category have as their primary focus the historical and political processes and patterns that have structured the relationship between individuals and communities. This concentration explores how communities attempt to reconcile the claims of justice, power, liberty, and authority, historically and in contemporary public life. By developing an interdisciplinary approach that can include law, economics, sociology, and philosophy, Historical and Political Studies is a broadly based concentration that shares the traditional aims of liberal arts education while attempting to come to grips with the origins and contemporary manifestations of major political and social issues.

Sponsored by: History and Society Division

Faculty Contact: Nabaparna Ghosh

Faculty contacts serve as advisers to those students who have an interest in the given concentration. You should feel free to contact these faculty members with questions.

Required Courses

Students must take four courses from those listed below to complete this concentration, including at least one Historical and one Political course. At least two courses must be at the 3600-level.

Historical Courses

  • AMS 3615 Borderlands
  • CVA 2404 African American History and Foodways
  • HIS 3601 European Renaissance
  • HIS 3604 Sexuality and Power in Modern Society
  • HIS 3606 History and Culture of American Business
  • HIS 3610 Moral Leadership in Countries and Companies (2 credits)
  • HIS 3665 Revolution and Terror in Modern Latin America
  • HIS 3670 History of Capitalism
  • HIS 3677 The History and Economy of Modern Mexico
  • HIS 3680 Modern China
  • HIS 3682 Women in China
  • HSS 2400 Making of Modern America
  • HSS 2402 History of China
  • HSS 2403 Latin American History
  • HSS 2434 Modern European History
  • HSS 2460 African History and Foodways
  • VSA 3600 Art, Religion, and Politics in Ancient Egypt

Political Courses

  • CVA 2415 Political Thought
  • CXD 3661 Culture, Society, and Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies
  • ECN 3662 Political Economy of Latin American Development and Underdevelopment
  • GDR 3610 Women’s Studies
  • HSS 2411 American Politics
  • HSS 2428 Global Politics
  • HSS 2433 Comparative Politics
  • LAW 3661 American Constitutional Law
  • POL 3610 Ethnopolitical Conflict
  • POL 3675 Justice, Revenge, and Defeat
  • POL 3677 The American Presidency
  • POL 3680 Harry Potter and Politics​