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History Coursework

  • American History Survey
  • Western Civilizations Survey
  • Upper level courses (200-400 level) totaling 18 credit hours, including six credit hours in American history, six credit hours in European history, and six credit hours in non-Western or ancient histories.
  • Two capstone pro-seminars, to be taken in the junior and senior years. One of the 200-level-or-above courses in history needs to be a pro-seminar for history majors: the craft of the historian, taken in the sophomore year. A history student is required to take 36 of the 120 credit hours of coursework needed for the B.A. degree at the 300 level or above. History majors are strongly encouraged to take most of the upper-level history courses at the 300 level or above. 

Political Science Coursework

Courses are offered in the areas of political theory and philosophy; American political institutions and processes; international relations and foreign policy; and comparative politics. Select Political Science Courses:

  • Introduction to American Government
  • Analyzing Politics
  • Analysis of International Politics
  • Classical Political Thought
  • Development of American Political Thought
  • U.S. Congress
  • American Presidency
  • United States Foreign Policy
  • Western European Politics

A statistics course is also required. Students should consult with the department for additional information concerning prerequisites, course content and academic counseling.

Philosophy and Religious Studies Coursework

The curriculum includes a course in logic, three courses from the sequence in the history of philosophy (ancient Greek philosophy, medieval philosophy, early modern philosophy, and 19th-century philosophy), and one advanced course in each of the following areas: ethics, metaphysics or epistemology, and 20thcentury philosophy.

In their senior year, philosophy majors must complete a capstone requirement in which they work one-on-one with a faculty member to conduct an in-depth exploration of a philosophical topic and produce a substantial piece of writing on it.

The IU Northwest philosophy program has a special collaborative agreement with the philosophy program at Purdue University Calumet. The agreement is designed to give our students access to the broadest possible spectrum of courses and areas of philosophical research. Students in our program may take up to nine credit hours in philosophy at Purdue University Calumet.

Students should consult with the department for additional information concerning prerequisites, course content and academic counseling.