Global Affairs and World History Track
The Global Affairs and World History track is designed to offer an empirically rich curriculum for Stanford students interested in international affairs. The goal is to impart an understanding of today's world through a historical examination of its evolution, from the early modern to the contemporary era. This track appeals to students who are aiming for a career in the international arena, and who seek to inform themselves about the complexities of cultural diversity and spatial differentiation on the ground. Deploying both connective and comparative modes of analysis, majors who choose this track will acquire a robust understanding of the relevance of the past to current events.
The Global Affairs and World History track features gateway courses in Global Human Geography, a recommended skills component, a geographical concentration, and a core cluster of global and comparative offerings. Students choosing this track also develop proficiency in a foreign language at the second-year level or above. Incorporating primary sources in a language other than English into the capstone seminar or honors thesis is strongly encouraged.
Gateway Courses (two courses) All students in Global Affairs & World History will complete the two-quarter Global Human Geography sequence, HISTORY 106A (Asia/Africa) and 106B (Europe & the Americas).
Geographical Cluster (four courses)Students select four History courses in one geographic area, such as Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle East, or Africa. The faculty coordinator must pre-approve all courses in this cluster.
Global and Comparative Courses (Methodological Cluster) (six courses): Majors selecting this track will take at least 6 thematic history courses of global scope. Current offerings are listed below.
- HISTORY 4N. A World History of Genocide
- HISTORY 5S. Disciplining the Colonial Body: Violence, Sex, and Resistance in Europe's Empires, 1830-2011
- HISTORY 10W. Visualizing Evidence
- HISTORY 44N. History of Women in Science, Medicine and Technology
- HISTORY 82N. Modern Islamic Movements
- HISTORY 102. History of the International System since 1914
- HISTORY 103D. Human Society and Global Change
- HISTORY 103E. History of Nuclear Weapons
- HISTORY 104A. Revolution: A Global History
- HISTORY 107. Introduction to Feminist Studies
- HISTORY 108. Century of Violence: Mass Violence in the 20th Century to Present
- HISTORY 109. Human Rights and Humanitarianism: A Global History
- HISTORY 140. World History of Science
- HISTORY 181B. The Formation of the Contemporary Middle East
- HISTORY 182C. The Making of the Islamic World, 600-1300
- HISTORY 185B. Jews in the Modern World
- HISTORY 201D. The Changing Face of War: An Introduction to Military History
- HISTORY 202. International History and International Relations Theory
- HISTORY 202G. Peoples, Armies and Governments of the Second World War
- HISTORY 203E. Global Catholicism
- HISTORY 204B. History Without Documents
- HISTORY 204E. Origins of Totalitarianism
- HISTORY 205A. The History of Information
- HISTORY 206. History and Geography of Contemporary Global Events
- HISTORY 208C. History of Death and Dying
- HISTORY 208S. Facing the Past: The Politics of Retrospective Justice
- HISTORY 210. The History of Occupation, 1914-2010
- HISTORY 236B. The Idea of Society
- HISTORY 239D. Capital and Empire
- HISTORY 243G. Tobacco and Health in World History
- HISTORY 268E. American Foreign Policy & International History, 1941-2009
- HISTORY 272B. Frontiers in Iberian and Latin American Culture and History
- HISTORY 284F. Empires, Markets & Networks: Early Modern Islamic World and Beyond, 1500-1800
- HISTORY 298E. China-Taiwan-U.S. Triangular Relations from World War II through the Cold War
- IHUM 69A, B. Human History: A Global Approach
- IHUM 76. Voyages and Visionaries
Proficiency in a foreign languageStudents electing this track must acquire proficiency in a foreign language through two years of college-level course work (second-year, third-quarter) or by passing a proficiency exam. Language courses do not count toward the 13 required courses in the major; students may, however, find it appealing to pair this track in the History major with a foreign language minor.
Skills TrainingStudents in the Global Affairs & World History track are encouraged to acquire technical proficiencies relevant for geo-historical analysis and fieldwork abroad. The following courses, while not required, are highly recommended, and either may be counted toward the Methodological Cluster requirement.
- HISTORY 10W. Visualizing Evidence
- ANTHRO 130D. Spatial Approaches to Social Science
Those planning to pursue research overseas are also advised to enroll in the one-credit workshop, HISTORY 299X, International Field Research (spring quarter).
Overseas Study ExperienceStudents electing this track are strongly encouraged to study abroad, with a Stanford BOSP program or another program approved by the Directors of the track. Course work taken overseas can be accepted for credit in the track on a case by case basis, in consultation with a faculty coordinator.
Writing in the Major (WIM)History's Writing in the Major requirement is satisfied by completing History 209S, Research Seminar for Majors. This course may be taken in either the junior or senior year, but not before completing the sources and methods seminar requirement. Students write a 20-25 page research essay. Original research and revision are important parts of the research essay. Students conduct substantial research in the libraries and must submit at least two drafts (a rough draft and a final draft) of the essay. Any student wishing to write an honors thesis should consider taking History 209S, Research Seminar for Majors, in the junior year and use it to begin work on the thesis.
History 209S fulfills the WIM requirement only. It does not fulfill geographical requirements or small group course requirements. Students select their research topics based on the general theme of the course in which they enroll. For 2011-12, the offerings are:
- HISTORY 209S. Research Seminar for Majors
- Autumn Quarter:
- Nineteenth Century America
- History of Science
- Winter Quarter:
- Muslim Modernities
- Spring Quarter:
- American Identities
- History and the Arts: Europe Since 1600
- War and Empire
- Autumn Quarter:
General RequirementsLike all history majors, students in this track must complete two lecture courses (one Europe or US, and one Africa, Asia, Middle East or Latin America), two 200-level courses, a Sources & Methods seminar, and HISTORY 209S, Research Seminar for Majors.