History and Philosophy draw on the theories, methods, and practices of a broad range of humanities and social sciences. Therefore, the History and Philosophy Double Major program builds on a foundational year of interdisciplinary study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, followed by three years of more specialized study in History and Philosophy. Students take a combination of 13 required and elective courses in History and 13 required and elective courses in Philosophy, as well as 6 Liberal Studies courses.
The core goals of the Double Major are to graduate students who:
- have mastered the ability to critically analyze oral, written, and other forms of texts;
- will appreciate the complexities in various academic interpretations, and will be able to think critically about the normative assumptions governing interpretive discourses in general;
- are capable of developing probing research questions, conducting effective research, and persuasively communicating the results of their inquiry in a variety of oral and written modes;
- possess a superior set of “career-ready” research, analytical, and oral and written skills, and know how to apply them to professional situations as well as to graduate study opportunities; and
- demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge and skills by acting as responsible academic and community citizens, both locally and globally.
Semesters One and Two: In the first year, which is shared with the BA programs in Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology, and Sociology, students take their first two university-level History and Philosophy courses from a number of options that explore the subjects across a range of themes, time periods, and geographical contexts. Students also acquire skills and knowledge in two foundational courses, Academic Writing and Research, and Critical Thinking. Finally, they choose electives from a broad range of areas.
Semesters Three through Six: In second year, students take their third foundational course in the Common Arts Platform, Research Design and Qualitative Methods. They begin to take required courses in Philosophy, including Introduction to Modern Philosophy, and Ancient and Modern Ethics, as well as the first of the Historian’s Craft (or H-Craft) offerings, Reading, Writing and Using History, and Hearing, Seeing and Speaking History. Students take additional Historian’s Craft courses and required Philosophy courses in their third year. Additionally, students select from a wide variety of History and Philosophy electives, as well as electives from outside of the disciplines.
Semesters Seven and Eight: In the last year of the program, as students consider the opportunities they will pursue after graduation, they solidify their historical and philosophical expertise and sharpen their professional competence by taking two senior seminars, one in History and one in Philosophy. Students also complete any remaining electives.