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Curriculum of BA Program in History

For History BA Program flow chart, click here.

For History BA Program overall structure and tiers, click here.

I. Semester
Course
Code
Course Name Hours Credit ECTS Prerequisites
Theory Practice
HIST 101 History of Modern Turkey I 2 2 3 5
HUM 101 The World Through Art and Literature I 2 2 3 5
NS 101 Nature and Science I 2 2 3 5
SPS 101 Humanity and Society I 2 2 3 5
SPS 103 Comparative Theories and Methods I 2 2 3 4
TLL 101 Modern Turkish Literature I 2 2 3 5
GE 100 Introduction to University Life 1 0 1 1
Total 19 30
II. Semester
Course
Code
Course Name Hours Credit ECTS Prerequisites
Theory Practice
HIST 102 History of Modern Turkey II 2 2 3 5
HUM 102 The World Through Art and Literature II 2 2 3 5
NS 102 Nature and Science II 2 2 3 5
SPS 102 Humanity and Society II 2 2 3 5
SPS 104 Comparative Theories and Methods II 2 2 3 5
TLL 102 Modern Turkish Literature II 2 2 3 5
Total 18 30
III. Semester
Course
Code
Course Name Hours Credit ECTS Prerequisites
Theory Practice
HIST 201A Introduction to Historical Thought and Method I 3 0 3 5 _
HIST 325 Formations and Constructions of Europe 3 0 3 5 _
Core Elective 3 0 3 5
Faculty Elective 3 0 3 5
Faculty Elective 3 0 3 5
Arabic / Turkish / General Elective 1/3 4/0 3 5
Total 18 30
IV. Semester
Course
Code
Course Name Hours Credit ECTS Prerequisites
Theory Practice
HIST 201B Introduction to Historical Thought and Method II 3 0 3 5 _
Core Elective 3 0 3 5
Core Elective 3 0 3 5
Faculty Elective 3 0 3 5
Faculty Elective 3 0 3 5
Arabic / Turkish / General Elective 1/3 4/0 3 5
Total 18 30
V. Semester
Course
Code
Course Name Hours Credit ECTS Prerequisites
Theory Practice
HIST 311 Early Islamic History: A Survey (to AD 1100) 3 0 3 5
HIST 341 Ottoman History I (1300-1600) 3 0 3 5
Major Field Elective 3 0 3 5
Faculty Elective 3 0 3 5
Arabic / Turkish / General Elective 1/3 4/0 3 5
Arabic / Turkish / General Elective 1/3 4/0 3 5
Total 18 30
VI. Semester
Course
Code
Course Name Hours Credit ECTS Prerequisites
Theory Practice
HIST 312 Islamic History: the Middle Period (c.945-1500) 3 0 3 5
HIST 351 Ottoman History II (1600-1800) 3 0 3 5
SPS 303 Comparative Ethics: Self, Society, and Politics 2 2 3 5
Major Field Elective 3 0 3 5
Arabic / Turkish / General Elective 1/3 4/0 3 5
Arabic / Turkish / General Elective 1/3 4/0 3 5
Total 18 30
VII. Semester
Course
Code
Course Name Hours Credit ECTS Prerequisites
Theory Practice
HART/HUM/LIT Elective 3 0 3 5
HART/HUM/LIT Elective 3 0 3 5
Major Field Elective 3 0 3 5
General Elective 3 0 3 5
General Elective 3 0 3 5
Arabic / Turkish / General Elective 1/3 4/0 3 5
Total 18 30
VIII. Semester
Course
Code
Course Name Hours Credit ECTS Prerequisites
Theory Practice
HIST 316 History of the Contemporary Middle East (from the 1920s) 3 0 3 5 _
HART/HUM/LIT Elective 3 0 3 5
Major Field Elective 3 0 3 5
General Elective 3 0 3 5
General Elective 3 0 3 5
Arabic / Turkish / General Elective 1/3 4/0 3 5
Total 18 30
Final Total 145 240
FACULTY ELECTIVE COURSES
Course
Code
Course Name Hours Credit ECTS Prerequisites
Theory Practice
ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics 2 2 3 5
ECON 102 Principles of Macroeconomics 2 2 3 5
LAW 207 Public International Law I 3 0 3 5
LAW 208 Public International Law II 3 0 3 5
LAW 251 Introduction to Law 3 0 3 5
PHIL 101 Basic Questions of Philosophy 3 0 3 5
PHIL 102 Introduction to Ethics 3 0 3 5
PHIL 103 Logic I 3 0 3 5
POLS 101 Political Science 3 0 3 8
POLS 102 International Relations 3 0 3 7
POLS 250 Classical Political Theory 3 0 3 5
POLS 352 Political Ideologies 3 0 3 5
POLS 433 Comparative Political Thought 3 0 3 5
POLS 468 Comparative International Systems 3 0 3 5
SOC 201 Thinking Sociologically 3 0 3 5
SOC 210 Historical Sociology 3 0 3 5
SOC 301 Classical Sociological Theory 3 0 3 5
SOC 302 Contemporary Sociological Theory 3 0 3 5
ANTH 209 Cultures of the Middle East 3 0 3 5
DEPARTMENTAL ELECTIVES (CORE ELECTIVES)
Course
Code
Course Name Hours Credit ECTS Prerequisites
Theory Practice
SIS 312E History of Religions 3 0 3 5
HIST 203 Archeology and Culture 3 0 3 5
HIST 204 Primitive or Tribal Society 3 0 3 5
HIST 205 The City in History 3 0 3 5
HIST 206 Lords and Peasants 3 0 3 5
HIST 207 Men, Ships, and the Sea 3 0 3 5
HIST 208 Anatolian Civilizations 3 0 3 5
HIST 209 War and Society 3 0 3 5
HIST 210 Nations and Nationalism 3 0 3 5
HIST 211 Imperialism and Colonialism 3 0 3 5
HIST 212 History of the Nineteenth Century 3 0 3 5
HIST 213 History of the Twentieth Century 3 0 3 5
HIST 214 Early Land Empires 3 0 3 5
DEPARTMENTAL ELECTIVES (MAJOR FIELD ELECTIVES)
Course
Code
Course Name Hours Credit ECTS Prerequisites
Theory Practice
HIST 310 History of Inner Asia 3 0 3 5
HIST 315 History of the Modern Middle East (to the 1920s) 3 0 3 5
HIST 317 Egypt and the Mamluks 3 0 3 5
HIST 318 A History of Iran (1500 to the present) 3 0 3 5
HIST 319 India and the Mughals 3 0 3 5
HIST 321 Disease and Epidemics in History 3 0 3 5
HIST 323 Byzantium: A Survey (400-1453) 3 0 3 5
HIST 326 The Middle Ages: An Economic and Social History 3 0 3 5
HIST 361 Ottoman History III (1789-1908) 3 0 3 5
HIST 381 Environmental History 3 0 3 5
HIST 396 Iran and Shiism 3 0 3 5
HIST 397 History of Modern Iran 3 0 3 5
HIST 414 Three Gunpowder Empires 3 0 3 5
HIST 419 Mediterranean Cities 3 0 3 5
HIST 431 History of Ottoman Institutions 3 0 3 5
HIST 436 History of a City II: Ottoman Istanbul, 1450-1900 3 0 3 5
HIST 439 Ordinary People and Daily Life in the Late Ottoman Empire 3 0 3 5
HIST 440 Ordinary People and Daily Life in the Late Ottoman Empire 3 0 3 5
HIST 453 Ottoman Women c.1300-1900 3 0 3 5
HIST 491 Russian History I: Tsarist Russia (from the 17th century to 1914/17) 3 0 3 5
HIST 492 Russian History II: The Soviet Union and After (from 1917 to the present) 3 0 3 5
HIST 498 Special Readings I 3 0 3 5
HIST 499 Special Readings II 3 0 3 5
DEPARTMENTAL ELECTIVES (HART / HUM / LIT ELECTIVES)
Course
Code
Course Name Hours Credit ECTS Prerequisites
Theory Practice
HART 321 Art and Christianity 3 0 3 5
HART 323 Byzantine Art and Architecture 3 0 3 5
HART 326 Medieval Art and Architecture 3 0 3 5
HART 336 Major Works of Ottoman Culture 3 0 3 5
HUM 406 The Twentieth Century in European Art and Literature 3 0 3 5
HART 431 Sinan and His Age 3 0 3 5
HART 432 Persian and Ottoman Miniatures 3 0 3 5
HART 481 Renaissance Art and Society 3 0 3 5
HART 485 Romanticism 3 0 3 5
HART 486 Impressionism 3 0 3 5
HUM 488 The 19th Century Through Art and Literature 3 0 3 5
HUM 489 The 20th Century Through Art and Literature 3 0 3 5
LIT 487 Literatures of Conquest and Empire: Jules Verne and Rudyard Kipling 3 0 3 5
LIT 488 Bourgeois France: Balzac, Stendhal, Flaubert 3 0 3 5
LIT 491 Russian Literature Before the Revolution 3 0 3 5
LIT 492 Soviet and Post-Soviet Literature 3 0 3 5
NOTES
1) History BA graduation requirements comprise 49 courses, worth 145 credits or 240 ECTS. Of these 49 courses, 13 are University Courses required of all IHU undergraduates; 5 are Faculty Electives required by the History Department; 8 are Modern Turkish (TUR) or Arabic (ARA) language courses; 18 are History major field courses; and 4 are free or general electives.
2) In accordance with a 16th June 2017 decision of the IHU Senate, a minimum B2 level of proficiency in Modern Turkish and Arabic (in addition to English as our main language of instruction) is an absolute graduation requirement for all our undergraduate departments and degree programs.
2a- The History BA Program has therefore been designed to include 4 semesters of Modern Turkish and 4 semesters of Arabic so as to enable all (Turkish or international) students to meet these conditions. The School of Languages will be offering regular proficiency exams to make sure that students register only for courses that are in line with their current levels.
2b- Students who already possess the desired level of proficiency, or look set to attain it in fewer than a full set of 4 ARA or 4 TUR courses, may, as indicated in the History BA Course Plan, use any and all slots “vacated” in this way to take additional general electives.
3) Included under the heading of general electives are also all History Department electives. Each and every course listed under all IHU undergraduate curricula, including all language courses, may be taken as general electives. One of the general electives must be an art course.

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