History, Culture, and Law, BA

History, Culture, and the Law is an interdisciplinary major that provides students the opportunity to understand how legal systems are shaped by cultural norms and historical developments, as well as how social change has been and can be created through legal processes. After studying principles of historical method and jurisprudence, students bring to bear the interdisciplinary frameworks they have begun to develop in one of six culturally-focused concentrations: Africana Studies and Culture; Asian Studies and Culture; Culture and Colonialism; Digital Humanities; Gender and Sexuality; and Latino/a, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies and Culture. Students have opportunities to develop flexibility in perspectives; to exercise ability to work in interdisciplinary frameworks; and to foster appreciation of cultural diversity that will enable them to make a positive impact in their chosen spheres of action. 

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Note: No more than two courses taken for this major may be counted toward another major or minor. 

Law and History Core 

Foundational Core Courses
Complete the following three courses:12
Rhetoric of Law
Law and History
Introduction to Law, Policy, and Society
Foundational Core Elective
Complete two of the following:8
Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
Topics in Law and Public Policy
Understanding the Modern Supreme Court
Philosophical Problems of Law and Justice
Judicial Process and Behavior
International Law
U.S. Constitutional Law
U.S. Civil Liberties

Concentrations

Students will elect one four-course concentration from among these choices:

Major Electives

Complete three of the following not already used to fulfill one of the requirements above. Courses not used above to fulfill a requirement may also be used to fulfill this elective requirement. However, only one course used to fulfill this requirement may be at the 1000 level.
Black Community and Social Change
Race, Crime, and Justice
Race, Crime, and Justice
Global Markets and Local Culture
Nationalism
Policing a Democratic Society
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Postcolonial Literature
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Boston in Literature
Rhetoric of Law
Writing Boston
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Drug Trade and Drug War: History, Security, Culture
Origins of Today: Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues
Native American Resistance: Past and Present
Capitalism and Business: A Global History
The Global Far-Right since 1945: Politics, Culture, Violence
Hitler, Germany, and the Holocaust
The Holocaust and Comparative Genocide
America and the Holocaust
Colonialism/Imperialism
Going Global: The United States, 1898-1945
The City in Middle Eastern History
Assassinations in World History
Topics in Law and Public Policy
Advanced Debates in Law and Public Policy
Introduction to Contemporary Moral Issues
Debating Ethical Controversies
Social and Political Philosophy
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
Modern Philosophy
Political Ecology and Environmental Justice

Capstone

Complete one of the following capstone courses:
Capstone
Capstone
Asian Studies Capstone Directed Study
Capstone Project
Capstone Seminar
Global Justice

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 3.000 GPA required in all major courses

Major Credit Requirement

Complete 52 hours in the major

Program Requirements

128 total semester hours required


Concentration in Africana Studies and Culture

Complete four courses as follows:
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to African-American Studies
Introduction to African Studies
Complete one of the following, as a Writing Intensive course:4
Anthropology of Africa
Anthropology of Africa
Race, Class, and Gender
Race, Class, and Gender
Complete two of the following, at least one of which must be at the 3000 level of above:8

Concentration in Asian Studies and Culture

Complete four courses as follows:
Complete the following course:4
East Asian Studies
East Asian Studies
Complete one of the following, as a Writing Intensive course:4
Law, Justice, and Society in Modern China
Japanese Buddhism
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Complete two of the following. If HIST 2308 or PHIL 2395 is the Writing Intensive course, at least one of these electives must be at the 3000 level or above:8
Ethnography of Southeast Asia
Culture and Politics in Modern India
Japanese Film
Modern Chinese History and Culture
Modern Chinese History and Culture
Introduction to Chinese Popular Culture
Introduction to Japanese Pop Culture
World War II in the Pacific
Japanese Literature and Culture
History of Vietnam Wars
Capitalism and Business: A Global History
Modern Japan
Music of Asia
Ethics: East and West
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Asian Religions in the United States

Concentration in Culture and Colonialism

Complete four courses as follows:
Complete the following course:4
Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
Complete three of the following, at least one of which must be at the 3000 level or above:12
Introduction to French Culture
Cultural History of Spain
Postcolonial Women Writers
Postcolonial Women Writers
Postcolonial Literature
Europe: Empires, Revolutions, Wars, and Their Aftermath
Picturing Modernity: The Photographic Image in Culture and Society
Pirates, Planters, and Patriots: Making the Americas, 1492–1804
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Europe in the Middle Ages, 500–1500
Introduction to Russian Civilization
History of the Soviet Union
History of Espionage 1: Antiquity to World War II
History of Espionage 2: Cold War Spies
Capitalism and Business: A Global History
Colonialism/Imperialism
History of Modern Terrorism
Understanding the Bible
Existentialism
Moral Philosophy
Philosophy and Literature

Concentration in Digital Humanities

Complete four courses as follows:
Complete the following course:4
Reading and Writing in the Digital Age
Complete three of the following, at least one of which must be at the 3000 level or above:12
Apps, Memes, and Bots: Global Literature in the Age of the Internet
Communication in a Digital Age
Social Networks
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Writing for Social Media: Theory and Practice
Technologies of Text
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks
Technology and Human Values
Ethics and Evolutionary Games
Law and Society in a Digital World
Computers and Society

Concentration in Gender and Sexuality

Complete four courses as follows:
Complete one of the following:4
Sex, Gender, and Popular Culture
Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Complete one of the following as a Writing Intensive course:4
Digital Feminisms
Race, Class, and Gender
Race, Class, and Gender
Complete two of the following. If WMNS 2505 is the Writing Intensive course, at least one of these electives must be at the 3000 level or above:8
Gender, Race, and Medicine
Gender, Race, and Medicine
Gender, Race, and Medicine
Gender and Sexuality: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Gender and Sexuality: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Postcolonial Women Writers
Postcolonial Women Writers
Politics of Islam and Gender
Women and World Politics
Gender in a Changing Society
Gender and Reproductive Justice
Gender, Social Justice, and Transnational Activism
Sexuality, Gender, and the Law
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity

Concentration in Latino/a, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies and Culture

Complete four courses as follows:
Complete the following course:4
Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies
Complete one of the following, as the Writing Intensive course:4
Latin American Society and Development
Latin American Society and Development
Representing Latin American Cities
Complete two of the following:8
Caribbean Literature and Culture
Latin American Culture, History, and Politics
New Media Narratives in Latin America: Local and Global Dimensions
Caribbean Literature and Culture
Representing Latin American Cities
New Narratives: Latin America after 1989
Representing Violence and Human Rights in Latin America
Introduction to Latin American History
Drug Trade and Drug War: History, Security, Culture
Latin American History through Film

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2 / Fall
Africana Studies and Culture Concentration

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGW 11114Foreign Language4Elective 4Elective 4
MATH 12154LPSC 23014Elective4Elective 4
Foreign Language4AFAM 11014  
HIST 11004POLS 11604  
CLTR 10001   
 17 16 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
EESH 20001Co-opCo-opElective4
ENGL 33254  Elective4
PHIL 23014   
LPSC 23024   
Foreign Language4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
WMNS 45204AFAM 11134Elective4Co-op
AFRS 12704EESH 20001Elective4 
ENGW 33154Elective4  
HCL Elective4Elective4  
 HCL Elective4  
 16 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opHCL Capstone4  
 Foreign Language4  
 HCL Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 131

Four Years, One Co-op in Spring / Summer 1
Digital Humanities Concentration 

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGW 11114Foreign Language4Elective4Vacation
Foreign Language4LPSC 23014Elective4 
MATH 12154ENGL 14504  
HIST 11004COMM 12554  
CLTR 10001   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
EESH 20001Co-opCo-opElective4
Foreign Language4  Elective4
ENGL 33254   
PHIL 23014   
LPSC 23024   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGL 33404ENGW 33154VacationVacation
INSH 21024Foreign Language4  
Elective4HCL Elective4  
HCL Elective4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
HCL Elective4HCL Capstone4  
Foreign Language4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130