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Fields of Study

The Department of History offers the following tracks to the B.A. in History.

Note: This information is updated every August for the new academic year. These tracks are not declared on Axess; they do not appear on the transcript or on the diploma.

Global Affairs and World History Track

Faculty Coordinators: Ali yaycioglu

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.

For more information on this track and to see a list of pre-approved courses, see our entry in the Stanford Bulletin.

History, Philosophy, and the Arts Track

Faculty coordinator: paula findlen

The History, Philosophy, and the Arts (HPA) track is designed for the student who wishes to complement his or her work in History with study in literature and philosophy, particularly in a foreign language. For the purposes of this track, Arts are defined broadly, including fine art and art history, drama, films, memoirs and autobiography, poetry and novels, as well as canonical works in philosophy, political science, and history of political thought. It appeals to students who are interested in studying the humanities and its conceptual and linguistic worlds in their 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.

For more information on this track and to see a list of pre-approved courses, see our entry in the Stanford Bulletin.

History of Science and Medicine Track

faculty coordinator: jessica riskin

The History of Science and Medicine (HS&M) track is a collaborative program of the Department of History and the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science. The major is designed for students interested in both sciences and humanities, and in the interactions between the two. It is also especially useful for students contemplating medical school, since it allows them to study the history of medicine, biology, and allied sciences in conjunction with fulfilling the premed science requirements.

For more information on this track and to see a list of pre-approved courses, see our entry in the Stanford Bulletin.

History and Law Track

faculty coordinator: laura stokes

The History and Law (HL) interdisciplinary track is for students who want to explore the intersections between historical and legal studies. The HL curriculum focuses on the role of legal institutions, policies, and structures in various societies. HL track majors enroll in at least four History department courses that focus on issues of law in civil societies and four courses that provide a geographic concentration. In addition, students enroll in four courses outside History that provide disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives on the role of law in shaping societies and a Research Seminar for Majors.

For more information on this track and to see a list of pre-approved courses, see our entry in the Stanford Bulletin.

Public History/Public Service Track

faculty coordinator: Katherine jolluck

The Public History/Public Service (PH/PS) interdisciplinary history track is designed for students who wish to include in their course of studies the application of historical study in (1) public settings such as museums and heritage sites, national and state parks, public agencies, and private foundations, and (2) public service settings in non-profit organizations, public agencies, and educational institutions.

For more information on this track and to see a list of pre-approved courses, see our entry in the Stanford Bulletin.