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 advanced level (3000 or above).

Historical Courses

  • AMS 3615 Borderlands
  • AMS 4672 Working in america: Labor in the US since 1892 
  • 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
  • HIS 4612 Drugs and Intoxicants in World History
  • HIS 4615 Warriors and Lovers
  • HIS 4626 Global Cities 
  • HSS 2006 South Asian History
  • HSS 2038 Modern Middle East
  • HSS 2039 Contemporary Africa
  • HSS 2058 The Modern American City
  • 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
  • LVA 2006 Russia in Modernity
  • VSA 3600 Art, Religion, and Politics in Ancient Egypt
  • VSA 4615 Early Twentieth-Century Art

Political Courses

  • CVA 2033 Radical Politics Today
  • CVA 2415 Political Thought
  • CXD 3661 Culture, Society, and Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies
  • ECN 3662 Political Economy of Latin American Development and Underdevelopment
  • ENV 4600 Climate Change Politics and Policy
  • GDR 3610 Women’s Studies
  • HIS 4613 The Politics of Empire
  • HSS 2025 Decolonization and Revolution in the 20th Century
  • 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​
  • POL 4630 Critical Race Studies
  • POL 4635 International Politics of Asia