Classics-History-Politics - Colorado College

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

Classics-History-Politics has several components:

The first is a historical requirement which 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 two languages, normally one ancient (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.


Entry Into the Major

Entry into Classics-History-Politics may be made through any of the following options:

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

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

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

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

Historical Requirement and Political Theory

Six units from the following, including one unit from each of the four historical periods and two units of political theory:

I. Antiquity : Classics 214 or 250-Greek Foundations or Athenian Democracy, 215-Hellenistic Foundations, Classics 216-Roman Foundations, Political Science 290-Foundations of Political Thought.

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

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

IV. Contemporary Period: History 280-20th Century Europe, Political Science 393-Political Philosophy at the Millennium, Political Science 388-Philosophy and Politics in Post-modernity. PS 343--Morality of Power, PS 344--Problem of Law and Justice, PS 419--Seminar in Political Philosophy, which may contain either or both ancient and modern material, will count where most appropriate in the historical sequence, or may stand outside it.

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.

Historiographical Requirement

Required: Classics 221/History 302-The Invention of History and either History/Political Science 303-The Uses of the Past or History 399- 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 Professors Fuller.

For details about Classics 221/History 302 consult Professor Cramer.

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.

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 Profs. Dobson and Cramer. This credit would not exceed 1 unit during a student's career.

Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate working proficiency in two languages (other than their own) of significance in the development of Euro-American culture: normally a classical language--Latin, Greek, Hebrew--and a modern language.