The disciplines of the Department of History and Political Science focus on the creation, diversity, and change within human societies as well as the responsibilities of citizenship within a world community. The department mission offers students the opportunity to gain knowledge of global historical events and patterns; to understand through models and theories various political phenomenon and movements; to develop analytical and critical thinking skills; to conduct discipline specific research; and to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms.
Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in History
This program offers a strong major, opportunity for complementary work in a minor, and a foreign language requirement. It is a good background for graduate/law/divinity school or preparation for careers which require breadth of knowledge and informed perspective (as journalism, public relations, etc.), as well as those which draw more directly on the major field (as research/analysis services, historic site management, etc.). It enables students to develop writing and analytical skills useful in business and professional careers. For more information, please see the Curriculum Sheet and Requirements for the B.A. in History. This degree requires completion of a minor or an approved certificate program.
Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Political Science
Similar to the B.A., this B.S. program has a strong major, and opportunity for a minor, but it offers a wider elective option through the elimination of the foreign language requirement. It is also an appropriate preparation for graduate school and especially for law school. It provides the background for careers which need the informed perspective of a liberal arts degree (as journalism, public relations, etc.). It is a more direct preparation for career fields which draw more directly on the major field (as legislative aide, political action, community service, etc.). Students develop writing and analytical skills useful in business and professional careers. For more information, please see the Curriculum Sheet and Requirements for the B.S. in Political Science. This degree requires completion of a minor or an approved certificate program.
Teacher Certification Programs
For information on degree programs leading to secondary level teacher certification in history, see the following curriculum described also under the School of Education: B.S. in History with Teacher Certification. For more information, please see the Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.
The Department of History and Political Science provides excellent minor programs in history and political science. In preparation for a career in business, governmental agencies, or education, minors in the social sciences are considered an especially attractive balance to the career major. Minor courses are selected in consultation with the student's faculty advisor.
Each minor course must be completed with a grade of C or better. Exceptions and substitutions for the required courses or types of course may be made (for example, for prior credit) with the recommendation of the advisor and the approval of the Department Chair.
For more information about minors in History or Political Science, please see the Curriculum Sheets and Requirements.