History and Law
The History and Law (HL) interdisciplinary track is for students who wish to explore the intersections between historical and legal studies. The HL curriculum focuses on the role of legal institutions, policies, and structures in various societies. HL track majors enroll in at least four History department courses that focus on issues of law in civil societies and four courses that provide a geographic concentration. In addition, students enroll in four courses outside History that provide disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives on the role of law in shaping societies and a Research Seminar for Majors.
Gateway CourseThere is no gateway course for this track. Instead, students take an extra course in the Methodological cluster.
Methodological Cluster (four courses)Students enroll in at least four History department courses, including courses outside History taught by faculty affiliated with the department, that focus on how law, policies, constitutions, and legal structures affect the development of various societies. (Note: The Methodological Cluster for this HIP contains one extra course since there is no Gateway course.)
For 2010-11, these courses are
- HISTORY 108. Mass Violence in Modern History
- HISTORY 135. History of European Law
- HISTORY 196. The Idea of India
- HISTORY 202C. Heretics to Headscarves
- HISTORY 208S. The Politics of Retrospective Justice
- HISTORY 251G. Topics in Constitutional History
- HISTORY 258. Topics in the History of Sexuality: Sexual Violence
Geographical Cluster (four courses)Students choose four History courses in one geographic area, such as the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle East, or Africa.
Interdisciplinary Cluster (four courses)Students may select from courses offered in the School of Law, School of Education, and others as appropriate. Note: Courses in the School of Law and School of Education require the permission of the instructor before undergraduate students can enroll, since these are graduate-level courses.
Research Seminar for Majors (HISTORY 209S)Fulfills the Writing in the Major requirement.
General RequirementsLike all history majors, students in History Interdisciplinary Programs must complete two lecture courses (one Europe or U.S., one Africa, Asia, Middle East or Latin America), two 200-level courses, a Sources and Methods seminar, and a Research Seminar for Majors.