Masters degrees in Intellectual History examine the rise of intellectual ideas, the historical movements related to their development, and the thinkers responsible for them.
Related subjects include Religious History, Social History and Modern History. Entry requirements usually include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as History or Philosophy.
Courses in the History of Ideas encourage you to think about ideas not as developing solely from the individuals that created them, but as a product of their cultural and historical contexts.
For example, you may examine how the French Revolution in the 18th century was influential in the development of the Enlightenment Period in Europe. Or, you may access theories on a global scale, assessing the parallels and interrelations of human thought across all societies.
Intellectual History may also encompass the ways in which ideas are expressed, such as through texts or art. As such, theories and methodologies from disciplines such as Philosophy and Art may also be incorporated.
Careers in this field may include roles in academia such as teaching and publishing, as well as journalism, marketing and public relations.