College of Liberal Arts

Politics & History

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Creating a transdisciplinary approach to the study of politics and history with a global perspective, the Politics & History program is an interdisciplinary combination of two traditional disciplines. It brings together the strengths of political analysis and historical narrative in a way that introduces students to the complexities of decision making, the diversity of ideologies, and the ebb and flow of historical change.

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This major aids in law school preparation, leading to graduate-level education for a career in the legal field. Students are also well-prepared for admission into graduate programs in political science, international affairs or history, as well as careers in government service. Politics & History students gain the knowledge, tools and networking skills necessary to build successful careers. Our small class sizes allow individual attention from diverse faculty.

Top reasons to come to Woodbury:

  • Our Los Angeles location offers numerous internship and networking opportunities.
  • Small class sizes allow for rich interaction with our skilled faculty.
  • Partnerships with local law schools give students an edge in law school preparation.
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Internships and Careers

Internship opportunities:

  • Homeboy Industries
  • Local law practices
  • Various local political campaigns
  • City of Burbank
  • Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Internships are a required component of the BA degree in Politics & History.

Career opportunities:

  • Elected city officials
  • Lawyers
  • Teachers and college professors
  • Business owners
  • Social workers
  • Journalists
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Public servant
  • Social worker
  • Journalist
  • Educator
  • Entrepreneur
  • Attorney
  • Researcher
  • Lobbyist
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Alumni Spotlight
Alumna

Tiffany Brain

The Woodbury Politics & History program prepared me for my current position at Velocity Aerospace by instilling the importance of political analysis, global and cultural awareness, and high-level research designs. I apply my background in politics and history on a weekly basis when having to problem solve and present to internal and external clients, especially when handling international marketing.

“It was important for me to find an academic major that aligned with my passion for political theory, pre-law and communication. At Woodbury, I found an academic fit that allowed autonomy in what I wanted and needed.”


— Angela Sanna, Alumna

“Woodbury University has welcomed and enabled me to grow both academically and professionally thanks to its rich diversity in curriculum and student organizations where I have met and surpassed my own expectations.”


— Blanca Retamozo, Alumna

“Through Woodbury, I was able to find a fantastic internship working for California state Sen. Bob Hertzberg. The greatest trait I learned from Woodbury was how to think like a political scientist in political arguments, and that is an invaluable debate characteristic.”


— Raffi Berberian, Alumnus

Facilities

Intimate classrooms, state-of-the-art auditorium, MAC and PC computer labs, on-campus library, and art galleries.

Courses

Politics & History students develop an understanding of how our world has been shaped by the last 250 years of cultural practices, economic structures and social organizations. This interdisciplinary approach allows students to experience the complexities of decision making and the diversity of ideologies through the lens of historical change.

POHI 101: The State, the Economy, and the City
This course is designed to introduce students to major ideas, themes, and texts in the study of politics and history. The class will deal with three broad themes that are important foundations for the study of human societies: the state, the economy, and the city. Rather than limit our attention to a single historical period or geographic region, we will instead draw from a number of case studies ranging from Ancient Rome to contemporary L.A.—to consider the common concepts and processes that underpin different societies. The goals of the course are threefold: to provide students with an awareness of the major events, social processes, and historical figures that have created the modern world; to develop in students a knowledge of the key terms, theories, and concepts that shape how we understand the histories, societies, and political behaviors of human societies; and to familiarize students with world geography and the histories of different regions of the world. Paired with POHI 102, Wars, Gods, and Revolutions, both courses are intended to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills required to take upper-level classes in Politics & History. Lecture. Prerequisites: None.

POHI 102: Wars, Gods, and Revolutions
This 3-unit course analyzes the historical, political, and social components of political violence through an examination of significant readings focusing on diverse theoretical perspectives. This introduction to political ideas related to war, religion, and revolution provides a global perspective that considers the multiplicity of human identity and how those identities are mobilized in order to wage war and revolution. There are three goals for this course: (1) provide students with an awareness of the major events, social processes, and historical figures that have shaped the modern world; (2) to develop in students a knowledge of the key terms, theories, and concepts that shape how we understand the histories, societies, and political behaviors of human societies; and (3) to familiarize students with world geography and the histories of variousregions of the world. Lecture. Prerequisites: None.

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.

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.

 

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, 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.

Accreditations:

WSCUC: Senior College and University Commission (formerly WASC)