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Department of Comparative History of Ideas

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Ask questions. Think critically. Express creatively.

The Department of Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) is a unique interdisciplinary undergraduate academic experience. CHID encourages students to consider issues from multiple perspectives and gain insights into the transformational power of ideas. Through close collaboration with faculty, staff, and local and international organizations, CHID offers students the creative freedom to tailor their education to their interests and professional goals, culminating in a senior thesis that deepens their scholarly engagement.

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Undergraduate Programs

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Careers

Alumni use their unique, multidisciplinary skills and expertise to find success and drive change in a wide variety of fields such as law, medicine, education and new media. Amazon, Microsoft, Vimeo and Nike are among the many employers who value CHID students’ ability to understand complex systems, communicate clearly and break down difficult problems through research and analysis. Comparative History of Ideas students often pursue graduate studies in the humanities, social sciences and other fields.

Career Paths

A few of the professional roles CHID alumni hold include:

  • Children’s programming coordinator
  • Data analyst
  • Legislative aid
  • Marketing manager
  • Medical director
  • Professor
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Explore, reflect, and learn abroad

Comparative History of Ideas is widely recognized and respected for its innovative and transformative international programs. CHID offers many rigorous and collaborative study abroad experiences for students, viewing such experiences as a path toward critical realistic participation in a world that is both increasingly unified and persistently diverse. Each year, approximately 200 CHID students study abroad in countries such as Italy, Mexico, the Philippines, Germany, Iceland, Spain, Thailand and many more.

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Find Yourself in Comparative History of Ideas

Study what matters to you. CHID brings together outstanding faculty and staff from the sciences, arts, social sciences and humanities for a truly interdisciplinary education that will encourage you to think across boundaries.

Department of Comparative History of Ideas Stories

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Connecting Communities with Health Care

Concerned about the lack of health coverage for undocumented individuals, UW senior Marium Raza is taking action.

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Planning for Transparency

Kate Fernandez wants you to see all research happening at the Burke Museum. She’s made it easy to know where to look.

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Mindful Travel in an Unequal World

In her book Beyond Guilt Trips, principal lecturer Anu Taranath discusses how travelers can respectfully explore other cultures.