History or historicity does not merely serve as a backdrop to politics. Similarly, politics is not merely a lens to look at history. Nor is it simply a provider of certain conceptual elements like the state which populate history. In fact, political practices, ideas and events are best understood when they are placed in the crucible of history. In turn, historical phenomena are better explained when their underlying causes and interpretation are examined through relevant political concepts and frameworks. Whether studying capitalism, revolution, democracy, state-formation, cultural imaginings, and global relations, just to cite a few examples, students will be encouraged to use the methodological resources belonging to both the disciplines to achieve a fuller understanding of these phenomena.
A significant feature of Krea’s Politics and History joint major is that students can navigate several dimensions of politics and history in an interdisciplinary manner without compromising the conceptual and empirical rigour belonging to each subject area. Additionally, this joint major can serve as a versatile foundation for students interested in mastering in history, political science, international relations and public administration.
The Politics and History joint major provides a good opportunity to those who have an avid interest in the academic disciplines of politics and history. These two disciplines have been conventionally seen as cognate subjects, since they share a common interest in how human beings have historically organized their public lives. While both the disciplines have expanded their scope to include social, cultural and ecological aspects, the shared interest in public lives and power remains. With the help of well-designed courses, this joint major offers an excellent grounding in both the disciplines, their distinct methods, approaches and ways of knowing, and in modes of combining them to illuminate the past and our contemporary world.
To complete the joint major in Politics and History, a student must complete 18 courses as well as a capstone thesis and earn a total of 80 credits (out of which):
Capstone thesis will be a joint requirement and therefore, the thesis will address a theme relevant to both the disciplines.