History focuses on humanity in action and in thought, as well as humanity's relationship to the earth and the allocation of its resources, historically, at present, and in the future. The general study of this field provides that broad base which is essential for effective functioning in humanistic areas. Specialized study in specific social science areas may lead to careers in teaching, governmental services, public information, business, the legal profession, or simply provide the broad based liberal arts education fundamental to a fuller understanding of life, whatever the specific career choice. History accepts the particular challenge of promoting awareness of our cultural heritage and the responsibilities of citizenship within a democratic society and the world community. The department encourages self-realization, intellectual inquiry, and the examination of personal and professional values. The activities of the department also encourage the discovery and study of those societal needs which may be effectively addressed in an academic setting.
Political Science is a means to understand politics or, in other words, the processes, activities, and behaviors that occur across the political system and its components. Political science is a method of critical thinking that enables identifying not only the empirical and normative questions about politics but answering them. Specifically, to this end, political science as a discipline has three goals. Political science first seeks to describe and reveal political phenomena. The discipline’s second goal seeks to explain why phenomena occur by creating theories and models. After describing what political phenomena is occurring and why, the third goal is to evaluate political processes against some normative standards of judgment.
History and Political Science graduates are employed in a variety of positions in public service and the private sector. Our majors find positions with research services, in editing, legislative analysis, trend analysis for media, public relations, government agencies or non-profit groups, site interpretation and management, historic preservation, oral histories, and the development of documentaries.
With a variety of programs, open minors, and electives, students can tailor their individual programs to fit personal career goals. The department has an active Third World Studies program which includes enrichment seminars. It also administers the Intern Program which includes a variety of internships. These programs enable qualified students to obtain valuable work experience in addition to college credit and a possible stipend. A Pre-Law advisor helps students prepare for the law school of their choice.