HIST 207 Introduction to Intellectual History • 5 Cr.


Surveys the major currents of modern western thought. Students examine assumptions and ideas about the nature of the cosmos and humanity before and after the Reformation. Topics include the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, 19th-century ideologies, and the philosophical crisis of the 20th century. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Analyze and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Evaluate the significance of the role played by great modern thinkers in creating the intellectual climate of the contemporary world.
  • Define the role of ideologies in changing the modern political and cultural landscape.