Minor in History of Ideas

The History of Ideas program is grounded in understanding what we have believed and how we have expressed those beliefs over time.

Simply put, our goal is to help you examine, through an interdisciplinary lens, the origin, development and impact of ideas throughout history.

As a student in the program, you will learn to think broadly about the evolution of ideologies, speak deeply about values such as morality and justice, and interrogate both unconventional and established texts on human ideas.

A minor in the History of Ideas is an especially ideal companion to a degree in philosophy or history. You can expect to gain skills in textual analysis, critical evaluation and academic methodologies. This will prepare you not only for graduate work in the humanities or social sciences, but also for a career in law, public service or journalism, which prioritize critical evaluation of texts.

Why Brandeis?

Our unique program enables you to engage in truly interdisciplinary study with some of the country’s leading scholars in history, philosophy, literature, political science, cultural studies and international relations. You will have access to a wide range of departments and scholars outside of your major to help round out your academic experience as a historian, philosopher or cultural critic.

The Director of the History of Ideas Program will help you tailor a curriculum to best suit your academic trajectory, equipping you with the skills and knowledge necessary for advanced academic work.

Academics and Research

Student Excellence

“I chose to minor in History of Ideas because it allowed me to explore an interest that exists between disciplines and outside of any major: political philosophy. I love being able to get exposure to different departments while having seminars to focus my interests.”

Sasha Kliger ’18