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How strong is Case in Poli-sci, History?

MarkSJ09MarkSJ09 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
Hi. I'm considering going to Case next year (it's actually my most likely choice, though I haven't had the heart to throw out Boston U altogether yet) and the most significant barrier preventing me from making a decisive decision is my lack of confidence Case's Humanities' depts, especially political science and history, my prospective majors at the moment.

Now, so far, from visiting the campus, I've liked what I've seen, especially the fact that I'd be able to do research, or at least independent research, pretty early in polisci, maybe even freshman year.

Firsthand experience has given my little reason for these doubts I have. However, I want to be sure. Case obviously is far better known for engineering, medicine, and so on, than for it's quality in the humanities and social sciences.

I'm pretty convinced that Case overall is academically superior to BU, but i'd really like to know if Case really has excellent polisci and history depts, or humanities in general. Does Case match Boston U in these areas? And would I be able to (assuming I do well, of course) get into a top university for grad school in the aforementioned fields ( Yale, Princeton, Chicago, etc)?
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Replies to: How strong is Case in Poli-sci, History?

  • tiff90tiff90 - Posts: 1,370 Senior Member
    I'm a poli sci/hsty major.
    I am impressed with the quality of the professors, especially the guest professors. I have had 3 poli sci prof's, and several History Prof's. First off, the prestige of the social science department is not up to par with the pre med/engineering/science departments, and the course offerings are much more limited.
    All the prof's I have had are passionate about their classes and are extremely accomodating, and make genuine attempts to know their students. All my prof's knew my name by the second week, which you won't get at BU, and are always excited to discuss topics outside of class. One advantage is that if you are a strong writer, you have an edge over many students.
    It is difficult to say how "good" a department is, especially since I can only compare college to high school. The department is very friendly, and the faculty doesn't act as though they are above students. The largest class I had was an intro hsty course which was 60ppl on lecture days, 20 on discussion days. Otherwise, none of my poli sci courses (2 of which are mandatory courses for poli sci) are larger than 22 people, which allows for meaningful discussions.
    If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask.
  • MarkSJ09MarkSJ09 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Are class options noticeably limited? Not just in comparison with the other departments, but, in your opinion, of course, are the options broad enough that you can learn enough about what you're interested in? I mean, I wouldn't shed tears if they don't have a course on how middle-aged female taxi-driver's from Cameroon effect political stability in Africa. Just, to what degree is it "limiting"?

    Thanks for any help, by the way. I just feel the need to harp on any detail I come across, just to be as sure as possible about my decision. Thanks a lot.
  • tiff90tiff90 - Posts: 1,370 Senior Member
    Here's the course offerings for the fall:
    POSC 109 -The American Political System (Test out with 4 or 5 on AP Gov)
    POSC 260 -Introduction to Comparative Politics (required for poli sci majore/minor) CLOSED
    POSC 272 -Introduction to International Relations (required for poli sci major/minor)
    POSC 321 -News Media and Politics
    POSC 322 -Political Movements and Political Participation
    POSC 323 -Judicial Politics
    POSC 326 -Constitutions in Practical Politics
    POSC 334 -Violence and the Political System
    POSC 342 -Water CLOSED
    POSC 349 -Political Science Research Methods
    POSC 354 -Political and Social Philosophy
    POSC 361 -State-Building and State Collapse CLOSED
    POSC 364 -Dictatorship and Democracy in Modern Latin America
    POSC 373 -Politics of the European Union
    POSC 378 -International Relations Theory
    POSC 379 -Middle East: Politics, Economics, and American Policy
    POSC 383 -Health Policy and Politics in the United States

    HSTY 111 -Greek Civilization
    HSTY 112 -Introduction to American History (Test out w/AP US History)
    HSTY 113 -Introduction to Modern World History(Test out w/AP World HSTY)
    HSTY 200 -The Ancient World
    HSTY 204 -Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
    HSTY 210 -Byzantine World 300-1453
    HSTY 224 -Early Modern Europe
    HSTY 225 -Evolution
    HSTY 250 -Issues and Methods in History
    HSTY 257 -Immigrants in America
    HSTY 262 -African-American History Since 1945
    HSTY 319 -The Crusades
    HSTY 325 -U.S. Politics, Culture, and Society: 1787-1865
    HSTY 334 -History of 19th Century Germany
    HSTY 346 -Guns, Germs, and Steel
    HSTY 353 -Women in American History I
    HSTY 391 -Food in History

    Certain courses are rotated per semester, so different classes will be offered in the spring. Personally, only a handful of courses interest me, but I typically schedule based on class times. For example, I have classes 4 days a week next semester. My main interests are Constitutional law and policy. Freshman year you can take the intro courses but usually not 300 levels, but I was able to take a pre law class first semester freshman year, as there are no prereqs. Don't take Professor Tartakoff freshman year, even if you're interested in pre law. McMann is good, very easy going and a fair grader, my IR Prof was only here for a year.
    For the history department, I had Professor Broich both semesters but he has been ill, so Ledford and Sadowsky are filling in. Both know their stuff but put themselves on the same levels of students.
    I think the HSTY selection is more diverse than Poli Sci, but you won't find those obscure "cultured" classes that liberal arts/Ivies offer.
  • Adil3trAdil3tr Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    How does the department compare to others, say, Northeastern or UC-San Diego?
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