Professors: Ashley, Neel and Genova
The Departments of History and Philosophy offer a combined major. Admission to the major is by application and must be accomplished by the end of the first semester of the Junior year. Each student develops an integrated program of study in conjunction with two advisors, one from each of the sponsoring departments. Students may develop a program of history and philosophy courses in a period (for example, the ancient world or the 19th century), or in an area (for example, the nature of historical knowledge, or the historical and philosophical bases of political theory). This program of study must include at least six units in history, six units in philosophy, and one unit senior thesis. The philosophy component must include PH100: Introduction to the History of Philosophy, and at least 2 units at the 300 level or above. The coherence of the courses and goals of this program should be explained in a written application, which must receive approval of both advisors and both departments.
In the senior year, each student writes a thesis under the supervision of his or her advisors. Students writing a thesis ought to register for PH 455 in Block VII or HY 415 Senior Thesis during the spring semester. A rough manuscript of the thesis should be finished prior to the beginning of the thesis block. Thesis block itself is devoted to polishing and rewriting an already drafted piece of work. To prepare, students may wish to conduct an independant study tutorial by registering for either HY 440 Tutorial in History or PH 453 Readings. This preparation block may be counted as one of six required units for the department in which it is conducted.