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  • Politics and History

    Seeking the global perspective

  • Politics and History

    Seeking the global perspective

  • Politics and History

    Seeking the global perspective

EXPLORE Politics and History

Politics and History at Woodbury

Bachelor of Arts Politics and History

Students in the Politics and History department develop an understanding of how our world today has been shaped by the last 250 years of cultural practices, economic structures and social organizations. This interdisciplinary approach is an exciting way for students to experience the complexities of decision-making and the diversity of ideologies through the lens of historical change.

Mission

The mission of the Politics and History department is to create a transdisciplinary approach to the study of politics and history with a global perspective.

Our program is built upon these four pillars:

Transdisciplinarity: Thinking and acting holistically by bridging multiple perspectives and practices.

Design Thinking: Creating impactful solutions by linking needs and functions to limits and possibilities.

Entrepreneurship: Pursuing visionary opportunities to realize innovative knowledge, practice or product.

Civic Engagement: Strengthening communities by actively applying critical knowledge, skills and values.

Graduates of the Politics and History Program have the advantage of flexibility in pursuing multiple career paths. Alumni go on to work in diverse fields such as teaching, research, human resources and social services. A popular pre-law program, students also go on to graduate programs in other fields. This program inspires students to lead lives of influence and improve society through civic engagement.

    Students emerge from Woodbury’s Politics and History program with the knowledge, tools, and networking skills necessary to build a successful career. Woodbury’s internship model combines theory with practice by offering hands-on experience working with top firms and institutions. Through these internships Woodbury students gain valuable workplace experience that build marketable skills prior to graduation.

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    For more information about the Politics and History program, contact Dr. Emerald Archer, Chair, at emerald.archer@woodbury.edu

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    Politics and History FACULTY

    Woodbury University takes pride in its accomplished faculty and intimate, family-like atmosphere. In addition to teaching, our faculty continue to work as professionals in their fields, passing along the latest research, trends, and strategies in the current market to WU students. We foster close mentoring relationships between faculty and student. Through this individual attention, we are able to know you as a person, and best help you find your path to success.

    Program Schedule and Curriculum

    The Politics and History program offers a transdisciplinary approach to classical political theory, international law, civic rights, and more. Because of our small class sizes, students are able to direct their studies to their specific interests. For students interested in the law, we have a pre-law advising program. For those interested in professions in the diplomatic corps and government service, ask us about the Semester in Washington Program.

    POHI 221 Introduction to Political and Historical Research
    This seminar, serving as a transition to upper-division work, prepares students for systematic investigations into issues and ideas relevant to the study of politics and history. Topics in American and world history and politics not covered in the interdisciplinary core (Journeys, Natures, Conflicts, and Knowledge) are also addressed. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 270 Topics in Politics and History
    This is a specialized course that focuses on various issues of interest in politics and history. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 321 International Wars
    This seminar explores the origins, course and consequences of modern international conflicts in a variety of settings, including analyses of political and social ideologies and conflicting international alliances and groupings. Topics include such classic struggles as the Napoleonic Wars, the First and Second World Wars, and proxy wars of the Cold War, as well as contemporary international wars in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 322 Civil Wars
    This seminar explores the origins, course and consequences of modern internecine conflicts in a variety of settings, and includes analyses of political and social ideologies and conflicting internal alliances and groupings. Topics include such classic struggles as the American, Russian, and Chinese Civil Wars, as well as contemporary civil wars in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources for Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 323 Genocides
    This seminar delves into the intentional attempts by organized groups, from state authorities to local political leaders, to destroy, in whole or in part, the members of a particular national, ethnic, religious or racial group. Topics include the debates concerning the meaning of the term genocide itself and its political uses and abuses, as well as modern examples ranging from the Holocaust to Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 324 AIDS and Epidemics
    This seminar examines the complex social, political and historical reactions to disease and epidemics through a close analysis of procedures, theories, and outcomes adopted in the face of global pandemics such as influenza, cholera, malaria and HIV/AIDS. Topics to be covered include disease transmission, sexually transmitted diseases, quarantines, stigmatization, attribution, and the effects of race, class and gender on the perception of disease. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI, 106 Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 325 Modern Revolutions
    This seminar examines the social, cultural, and political revolutions of Europe and Asia in the twentieth century, using the eighteenth-century French revolution as a model. Taking as a starting point the analytical language of bourgeois, proletarian, and peasant revolutions, a critical and comparative approach to the Russian and Chinese revolutions is used to illuminate revolutions in several other nations. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 326 Terrorism
    This seminar analyzes the historical and political components of terrorism through an examination of significant readings focusing on diverse theoretical perspectives. Terrorism as a regional as well as a global phenomenon is examined through its relationship to political ideologies, religious fundamentalisms, criminal activity, and state sponsorship. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 327 Classic Civil Rights Movements
    This seminar examines the strategies, language, and politics of several attempts to extend rights and liberties to disenfranchised members of western societies. Topics include female suffrage, union and immigrant rights, minority voting rights, student and youth rights, intermarriage, as well as rights to free access and equal accommodations. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 328 Contemporary Civil Rights Movements
    This seminar explores the continuing demand of disenfranchised members of global societies for power and equality. International strategies, the use of mass communication media, and the construction of political discourse are examined through the struggles of indigenous, internally colonized peoples, women in patriarchal societies, and lesbian and gay women and men, among others. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 331 Classic Political Theory
    This seminar develops themes such as the legitimacy of ruling authority, the administration of justice, the role of freedom and constraint, and the relationship between individual and communal rights and responsibilities. Readings are drawn from authors ranging from Plato to Karl Marx, from Niccolò Machiavelli to John Stuart Mill. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 332 Contemporary Political Theory
    This seminar is a comparative examination of the theoretical bases of global political systems, including ideologies originating in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as Europe and the United States after the Second World War. Topics include the relationship between the state and the economy, the role of non-governmental organizations in the extension of state power, and the use and abuse of mass mobilization among others. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 333 Globalization
    This seminar examines the contemporary development of transnational movement, trade, politics and communication on a world-wide scale. Topics discussed range from the development of global organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization to the emergence of global consumer culture, urbanization patterns, and economic dependencies. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 334 Postmodernism
    This seminar analyzes the multi-faceted contemporary theory of postmodernism, questioning and examining the alleged shift away from modernity’s emphasis on the subject, its universalizing tendencies and its binary modes of thought. The topic is explored through studying such postmodern strategies as paradox, ambiguity, pastiche, and indeterminacy. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge
    POHI 335 Migration and Colonization
    This seminar looks at the historic patterns of human migration as well as the political, economic and military sources of population movement and political domination. Topics include the causes and consequences of national displacement and diaspora, the rule of colonial elites and their sources of power, and the abuses of indigenous and immigrant peoples, among others. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 336 Liberation and Decolonization
    This seminar examines the complex problems of national identity in an era of wars of liberation and post-colonialism, looking at such topics as the African, Asian and Latin-American struggles for independence through the lenses of orientalism, subaltern studies, and post-national thought. Questions raised range from the dynamics of internal class and ethnic divisions in newly created states to the continuing relationship between former colonial powers and their former dependencies. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 337 United States Constitutional Law
    This seminar studies the historical development and contemporary function of constitutional law — defined as the interpretation and implementation of the US Constitution — through the problematics of liberal democratic theory and the role of the judiciary as an actor in political life. Major cases in constitutional law, on such topics as the extent of judicial power, states’ rights, and equal protection, are examined. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 338 International Law and Organizations
    This seminar explores the development of the rules, principles, and theories applied to conduct between nations and the embodiment of these ideas in various regional and worldwide associations that transcend international boundaries. From the beginnings of a law of nations and international treaties to the origins and expansion of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, and the European Union, questions of the reach and limits of such bodies are discussed. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 370 Topics in Politics and History
    This is a specialized course that focuses on various issues of interest in politics and history. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge.
    POHI 299, 399, or 499 Independent Study
    This is an individual investigation into a field of special interest chosen by the student with the approval of the dean. Regular, periodic meetings with the department chair or an assigned faculty member are required. Thirty hours required for each unit of credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the dean.
    POHI 400 Advanced Research Methods
    This seminar involves a discussion of significant historiographical and political science literature, from model exemplars to failed experiments and methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, in preparation for the writing of the senior thesis research paper. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105, Information Theory and Practice or LSCI 106, Information Sources in Architecture and Interior Architecture or LSCI 205, Information Sources in the Disciplines; COMM 120, Public Speaking; and one of either INDS 101, Journeys, INDS 102, Natures, INDS 103, Conflicts, or INDS 104, Knowledge; and POHI 221, Introduction to Political and Historical Research.
    POHI 401 Senior Thesis
    This topical seminar, which focuses on a particular problem in history and politics, integrates the methodological approach of each discipline in a comparative format. Students use individual and peer work to develop research topics and produce a significant research paper as their senior thesis that is publicly reviewed by the faculty of the department. Seminar. Prerequisite: POHI 400, Advanced Research Methods.
    POHI 490 Internship
    Students obtain practical, on-the-job training in a setting of business, law, government agency or other organization. Work experience is complemented by an academic requirement and periodic meetings with student’s on-campus internship advisor. Internship contract required by the registrar. Thirty hours per unit credit. Prerequisites: Senior standing, Politics and History majors only.
    ECONOMICS COURSES
    ECON 200 Elementary Economics
    This course is an analysis of the contemporary American economic system. This course is a combination of macroeconomics and microeconomics. Topics include: inflation, unemployment, national income determination, money and banking, fiscal and monetary policies, theories of production and consumer choice, prices and outputs, monopoly and competition, wages and profits, international trade and finance. Lecture. Prerequisite: none.
    ECON 203 Macroeconomics
    This course is an introduction to macroeconomic analysis. Economic theory relative to the determination of national income, inflation, unemployment, money and banking, government fiscal and monetary policies in offsetting economic fluctuations will be covered. Students will also study the applications of macroeconomic theory, including its use in evaluating and forming public policy. Lecture. Prerequisite: MATH 149, Intermediate Algebra.
    ECON 204 Microeconomics
    This course is an introduction to microeconomic analysis. Economic theory relative to demand, marginal analysis, consumer behavior, costs and production, competitive and noncompetitive product markets, labor markets and welfare will be covered. Applications of microeconomic theory, including its use in evaluating and forming public policy, will also be covered. Lecture. Prerequisite: ECON 203, Macroeconomics.

    WORDS ON WOODBURY

    • My professors came from a wide range of expertise – they drew not only from their educational backgrounds (Ph.D, Masters) but also their own expertise in the fields they were teaching in, whether it was political theory, history, philosophy and history of modern art

      Angela Sanna

    • Woodbury’s Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies has prepared me to be a knowledgeable person who is ready to be a leader in politics and business. As an international student, I have become an active member in my government with a lot of knowledge and passion. My emphasis in management helped me understand Organizational Management and become more aware of how politics are applied in many different organizations and countries.

      Hossam Aly

    • I chose to major in Politics & History because I am interested in studying different political, historical, economic, cultural, and social ideas at both the domestic and international level. The Politics & History major has inspired me to define my career goals and aspirations and pursue a career in civil service as a city employee for the City of Burbank. I am currently working as a Youth Employment Junior Team Leader for the City of Burbank Management Services Department

      Kevin Ortiz