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Comparative History of Ideas

Program Overview

B102 Padelford

Comparative History of Ideas is an interdisciplinary program that draws on a wide variety of disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences to examine the interplay of ideas and their cultural, historical, and political contexts. The program encourages its students to engage thoughtfully in critical intellectual inquiry and reflection. Emphasis is on the significance of students being actively in the world; understanding the social, cultural, and political forces that shape lives and identities; and their role in transforming our world.

Undergraduate Program

Adviser
B102D Padelford, Box 354300
(206) 543-2097
chid@uw.edu

The Comparative History of Ideas program offers the following programs of study:

  • The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in comparative history of ideas
  • A minor in comparative history of ideas

Bachelor of Arts

Suggested First- and Second-Year College Courses: Introductory courses in history, philosophy, English, comparative literature, ethnic and gender studies, American Indian studies, and other areas of the humanities and social sciences.

Department Admission Requirements

Students in good academic standing may declare this major after meeting with an adviser.

Major Requirements

60 credits as follows:

  1. CHID 101 (2 credits)
  2. Gateways to CHID (10 credits)
  3. Cultural and historical engagements (5 to 10 credits). Students choose from three options: CHID study abroad program; local/global engagements; or encounters across cultures. Must be chosen with guidance of program adviser.
  4. Ideas in the world (5 credits). Must be chosen with guidance of program adviser.
  5. Power and difference (5 credits). Must be chosen with guidance of program adviser.
  6. CHID 390 (5 credits)
  7. Senior thesis/capstone project (CHID 491 and CHID 493) (10 credits)
  8. Remaining 13-18 credits chosen from among approved electives (300 level or above).
  9. At least half the credits presented for the major must be at the upper-division level.
  10. Minimum 2.50 GPA in courses presented for the major.
  11. Students may expand the senior project to 15 credits (CHID 492). The 5 optional senior project credits are in addition to the 60 credits required of all CHID majors.

Minor

Minor Requirements: 30-35 credits as follows:

  1. Gateways to CHID (5 credits)
  2. Cultural and historical engagements (5-10 credits). Students choose from three options: CHID study abroad program; local/global engagements; or encounters across cultures. Must be chosen with guidance of program adviser.
  3. Ideas in the world (5 credits). Must be chosen with guidance of program adviser.
  4. Power and difference (5 credits). Must be chosen with guidance of program adviser.
  5. CHID 390 (5 credits)
  6. One upper-division CHID course (5 credits)

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: The program encourages students to adopt nuanced perspectives on their position relative to texts, cultures, societies, and historical periods. Program graduates have gone on to postgraduate studies in the humanities and social sciences, as well as professional training and careers in a wide variety of fields including law, administration and public policy, medicine, education, journalism, new media, and film.
  • Instructional and Research Facilities: Computer workstations for students in B102 Padelford and in C101 Padelford.
  • Honors Options Available: With College Honors (Completion of Honors Core Curriculum and Departmental Honors). With Honors (Completion of Departmental Honors requirements in the major). See adviser for requirements.
  • Research, Internships, and Service Learning: CHID undergraduates participate in a variety of educational experiences outside the classroom. Students interested in the opportunity to integrate theory with practice while making connections to organizations outside the University may sign up for CHID 399. Additionally many CHID study abroad programs incorporate an "engaged community learning" project, which provides an opportunity for students to apply their analytical skills and understanding of the historical and cultural context to a close participation in the work of local organizations. The diversity of these community efforts allows students to engage their particular interests through participation in social welfare organizations, grassroots community groups, after-school programs, health clinics, theater and other performing arts groups, as well as video and other visual arts projects.
  • Department Scholarships: See CHID website for information and deadlines
  • Of Special Note: CHID also sponsors two undergraduae journals: interSections, which features senior theses, research papers, seminar papers, and essays addressing subjects within the arts, humanities, and social sciences; and The Anthology Project, which is dedicated to providing a forum where students can discuss and reflect on experiences abroad.