History, Literature, and the Arts
The History, Literature, and the Arts (HLA) track is designed for the student who wishes to complement his or her work in History with study in literature, particularly in a foreign language. For the purposes of this major, literature is defined broadly, including art, drama, films and poetry, memoirs and autobiography, novels, as well as canonical works of philosophy and political science. It appeals to students who are interested in studying literature primarily in its historical context, or who want to focus on both the literature and history of a specific geographical area while also learning the language of that area.
Gateway CourseHISTORY 132A. Enlightenment and the Arts gives students a broad introduction to the study of literary texts in history. Note: The former gateway course, HISTORY 239E, History, Literature and the Arts in Great Britain, may be counted in lieu of 132A.
Methodological ClusterThis three-course cluster teaches students how historians, in particular, analyze literary texts as documentary sources. Students choose three courses from among the pre-approved HLA methodology curriculum. These courses need not be in the student's geographic concentration. For 2010-11, these courses are:
- HISTORY 6N. Utopia: History of Nowhere Land
- HISTORY 17S. Princesses, Politicians, and Patronesses: Identities of Early Modern Noble Women
- HISTORY 31Q. British History Revealed by the Arts of the 20th Century
- HISTORY 32S. Gender and European Imperial Crisis through Media: 1880-2000
- HISTORY 36N. Gay Autobiography
- HISTORY 37S. Youth in Modern Europe, 1762-1968
- HISTORY 95N. Mapping the World: Cartography and the Modern Imagination
- HISTORY 110C. Introduction to Modern Europe
- HISTORY 131. Science, Technology and Art: The Worlds of Leonardo da Vinci
- HISTORY 150A. Colonial and Revolutionary America
- HISTORY 191C. Early Imperial China*
- HISTORY 193. Late Imperial China*
- HISTORY 194B. Japan in the Age of the Samurai*
- HISTORY 196. The Idea of India*
- HISTORY 251C. The American Enlightenment
- HISTORY 292F. Traditional Korea
* Courses marked with an asterisk are non-Western lectures that students in the The History, Literature, and the Arts (HLA) track can use towards both a HLA methodology course and as the non-Western lecture requirement.
Geographical ClusterStudents select four History courses in one geographic area. These are: Europe, Britain and the countries of the former British Empire, Asia, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, or Africa. These four courses must be taken in addition to the three methodological courses required above.
Interdisciplinary ClusterFour courses, taken outside the Department of History, must address the literature and arts, broadly defined, of the area chosen for the geographic concentration. The student's adviser must pre-approve all courses in this cluster; these courses may not be double-counted towards a minor or major other than History.
Research Seminar for MajorsHISTORY 209S; fulfills 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.