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Dr. Glenn Robins, Department Chair
Dr. Glenn Robins joined the GSW Department of History and Political Science in August 2001. He completed his Ph.D at the University of Southern Mississippi and in 2009 he was a West Point Summer Fellow at the United States Military Academy. He teaches courses on Georgia History, the Cold War Era, and Civil War and Reconstruction. His publications include The Bishop of the Old South:The Ministry and Civil War Legacy of Leonidas Polk, (2006); The Longest Rescue: The Life and Legacy of Vietnam POW William A Robinson, (2013); and They Have Left Us Here to Die: The Civil War POW Diary of Sgt. Lyle G. Adair, 111th U.S. Colored Infantry, (2011), an Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award Finalist. He is currently writing a book on Georgia and the Vietnam Era.
Dr. Brian R. Parkinson
Dr. Brian R. Parkinson came to GSW in the fall of 2005. He finished his Ph.D. at Florida State University in 2005, specializing in World History. He teaches courses on Middle Eastern and Latin American history. He has published journal articles and book chapters on topics in Middle Eastern history. Dr. Parkinson is presently writing a biography of Judge Pierre Crabites, a Bourbon Democrat on the Mixed Courts of Egypt.
Dr. Evan Kutzler
Dr. Kutzler received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, where he studied U.S. History, Public History, and Sensory History—a blend of social, cultural, and environmental history focusing on shifting patterns of perception. His research focuses on how prisoners during the American Civil War perceived and articulated captivity experience through the five senses. While revising his dissertation for publication, he is in the latter stages of co-editing and publishing a collection of letters between a Confederate prisoner of war and his fiancée. Dr. Kutzler is also practitioner of, and an advocate for, public history: a broad interdisciplinary field of professionals who share a commitment to making history relevant in the public realm. GSW is not only close to two national historic sites but also home to multiple non-profit public history organizations, local history organizations, small museums, and historic preservation initiatives. Students interested in learning more about public history and becoming active in the local and regional public history community are encouraged to reach out to him for more information. In addition to several journal articles, Dr. Kutzler’s book publications include Ossabaw Island: A Sense of Place (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2016) and Assistant Editor to Robert K. Brinkmeyer’s Citizen Scholar: Essays in Honor of Walter B. Edgar (University of South Carolina Press, 2016).
Dr. Paula Martin
Dr. Paula Martin is a historian of European History specializing in the History of Medicine and Science. Professor Martin received her Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2007 and has been with GSW since 2008. In addition to having presented several academic papers at conferences around the world, she is the author of Suzanne Noel: Cosmetic Surgery, Feminism and Beauty in Early Twentieth Century France, published in 2014 by Ashgate Press as part of their “History of Medicine in Context” series. Dr. Martin is currently working on her second book, John Stephenson (1796-1842): Montreal Scientist, Innovator and Educator. She also is an avid traveler who lives most summers in Paris while researching French archives.
Dr. Susan Bragg attributes her fascination with history to a childhood spent devouring Nancy Drew and Little House on the Prairie books. Since that time, she has continued to explore women’s lives and the history of childhood through her graduate work at the University of Washington and in her teaching. Her work on African American family politics has appeared in the journal California History and in Quintard Taylor and Shirley Moore, eds., African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000. She is currently developing a project on gender and the cultural politics of NAACP activism and researching children’s literature from the era of World War I. At GSW, Bragg teaches courses with concentrations in women’s history, African American history, and 20th c. US history. She also advises students in the GSW History Club.
Dr. Brian Smith
Dr. Brian Smith joined the History and Political Science department at Georgia Southwestern in 2007. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Brown University. He teaches courses in International Politics, Comparative Politics and the core American Government class. He is director of the Global Studies Certificate Program, the director of the European Union Studies Certificate Program and is the Coordinator of Pre-Law Services. His research interests include political legitimacy, nationalism, party systems in weak democracies, genocide and American foreign policy. He is also obsessed with traveling to Italy and the Czech Republic.
Dr. Jason Berggren
Dr. D. Jason Berggren came to GSW in August 2009. He teaches courses in American politics, including the U.S. Presidency, the U.S. Congress and Legislative Process, U.S. Political Parties, and Religion and American Politics. In 2007, he received his Ph.D. in political science from Florida International University in Miami. Before coming to GSW, he was a post-doctoral teaching fellow at the University of Georgia for two years. He has published a number of journal and newspaper articles on Jimmy Carter and his presidency. He is the faculty advisor for the GSW Student Government Association, GSW Young Democrats, and the GSW chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society. In 2012, he earned the GSW National Alumni Association’s Professor of the Year award.
Dr. John LeJeune
Dr. John LeJeune joined the GSW Department of History and Political Science in August 2016. He completed his Ph. D. in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego in 2014 and in 2012-13 was a Junior Teaching Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College. He teaches courses in Political Philosophy, Constitutional Law, and American Politics, and his published articles include “Adults in the Playground: Winnicott and Arendt on Politics and Playfulness”(in D.W. Winnicott and Political Theory: Recentering the Subject. Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming), "Hannah Arendt’s Revolutionary Leadership” (HannahArendt.net, Vol. 7, No. 1 (2013)), and “Social Dynamics of Abandonment of Harmful Practices: A new look at the theory,” w/ Gerry Mackie (Innocenti Working Paper 2009-06, Special Series on Social Norms and Harmful Practices, UNICEF Innocenti Research Center, Florence, May 2009).
|Prof. Bonnie Levine-Berggren
Business and History Building, Room 323
Professor Bonnie K. Levine-Berggren has been an adjunct instructor at GSW since August 2011. She teaches courses in the social sciences, including World & Its Peoples, World Religions, and the Holocaust and Genocide Studies. In 1999, she earned her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale (Davie), Florida and, in 1995, her Master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has published several encyclopedia articles on war and religion and women and American politics.
HIST 1111: World Civilization I
HIST 1112: World Civilization II
HIST 2111: United States History I
HIST 2112: United States History II
HIST 2500: The Study of History
HIST 3810: History of Georgia
HIST 4000: Historiography
HIST 4160: History of Medicine
HIST 4560: American Popular Culture
HIST 4540: US History, 1877-1920
HIST 4551: US History, 1920-1945
HIST 4780: History of the Middle East
HIST 4781: History of North Africa
HIST 4900: The Cold War Era
HIST 4900: Colonial Latin America
HIST 4900: Modern Latin America
HIST 4900: Public History Field School
HIST 4900: Historic Site Interpretation
HIST 4900: Introduction to Public History
HIST 4900: Medieval Europe
POLS 1101: American Government
POLS 2101: Introduction to the Discipline of Political Science
POLS 2210: State & Local Government
POLS 2401: Introduction to Global Issues
POLS 3205 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLS 4470 American Presidency
POLS 4570: Constitutional Law I
POLS 4580: Constitutional Law II
POLS 4630 International Relations
POLS 4690 American Foreign Policy
POLS 4700: Political Philosophy
POLS 4730 Religion and American Politics
POLS 4760: American Political Thought
POLS 4950 Senior Research
POLS 4900: Carter Presidency
POLS 4900: Civil Wars and Revolutions
SOSC 1101: The World and Its Peoples
WGSS 1101: Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality
- HIST 1111. World Civilization I. A survey of world history to early modern times. (3-0-3)
- HIST 1111H. World Civilization I. - Honors.
- HIST 1111S. World Civ I - Study Abroad. A survey of world history to early modern times. (3-0-3) Taken as part of a study abroad experience.
- HIST 1112. World Civilization II. A survey of world history from early modern times to the present. May be taken before HIST 1111. (3-0-3)
- HIST 1112H. World Civilization II-Honors.
- HIST 1112S. World Civ II-Study Abroad.
- HIST 2111. United States History I. This course focuses on American history from the discovery of the Western World through the Civil War. A passing grade in this course satisfies the U.S. history and Georgia history requirements of Georgia State Code 20-3-68.
- HIST 2111H. United States History I-Honors.
- HIST 2112. United States History II. This course focuses on American history from Reconstruction to the present. A passing grade in this course satisfies the U.S. history and Georgia history requirements of Georgia Code 20-3-68. (3-0-3)
- HIST 2112H. United States History II-Honor.
- HIST 2500. The Study of History. This course is an introduction to the study of history. Required of all history majors. 2 credit hours. (2-0-2)
- HIST 3510. American Colonial History. Major developments between 1492 and 1789 are explored. (3-0-3)
- HIST 3510H. American Colonial History-Honor.
- HIST 3570. Civil War-Reconstruction. This course is an in-depth study of the Civil War and Reconstruction period of U.S. History, focusing on the background, political, social, economic, and military aspects of the period. (3-0-3)
- HIST 3730. History of the Old South. This course examines the history of the South from the colonial period to the outbreak of the Civil War. Topics for study include the economic system of the Old South, slavery, antebellum Southern politics, and social and intellectual patterns of the Old South. (3-0-3)
- HIST 3770. Black-American History. The focus of this course is the role of Blacks in the Western Hemisphere, with special emphasis on the struggles of African-Americans for equality and their contributions to American progress. (3-0-3)
- HIST 3810. History of Georgia. This course surveys Georgia history from the beginning to the present. This course is of particular significance to prospective teachers in elementary and secondary schools. A passing grade in this course satisfies history of Georgia and the Constitution of Georgia requirements of Georgia State Code 20-3-68. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4540. US History, 1877-1920. This course focuses on American history from the rise of populism through the Progressive Era, 1877-1920. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4551. US History 1920 to 1945. This course surveys United States history from the end of World War I through World War II. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4561. US Social History. Selected and representative social, cultural, and intellectual themes in American history are explored in this course. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4562. History of American Women. Selected and representative social, cultural, and intellectual themes in American History from the colonial era to the present. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4050. Early Modern Europe. This course entails topical discussions of intellectual traditions and institutional structures in European history from 1648 to 1815. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4150. Renaissance and Reformation. This course provides an introduction to European history from the fourteenth century to 1648, focusing on the Italian Renaissance and the varuious religious Reformations of sixteenth century Europe. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4160. History of Medicine. This course will examine the history of medicine in a wide social context covering the impact of medicine on intellectual, economic, institutional, and cultural relationships from antiquity to the present.
- HIST 4100. 19th Century Europe. This course focuses on the political, economic, and social history of Europe from the Congress of Vienna to the outbreak of World War I. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4110. Europe in the 20th Century. This course explores the history of Europe since 1914. The main political, social, economic, cultural, international, and intellectual movements are considered. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4120. Modern Russia. This course examines the development of Russia from the reign of Peter I to the present democratic government. It addresses the geographic setting and the medieval background of Russia history including the reforms of Peter I, the institution of serfdom and the efforts to retain and reform it, Russia's cycle of war, revolution and civil war at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the Soviet State, the Second World War, the Cold War, and the collapse of Communism. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4130. Eastern Europe. This examines major events in the history of Eastern Europe. Among the major topics covered will be the Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman Empire, The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Hapsburg Empire, national revivals, the World Wars, Communist domination and the collapse of Communism. The class will examine the political, cultural and economic aspects of these topics. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4140. History of Modern Germany. This course examines the development of Germany from medieval times to the present. The geographic setting and the medieval background of German history are addressed. Major topics covered are the Reformation, the 30 Years War, the unification of Germany by Bismarck, Hitler and the Nazi period, the Second World War, the Cold War and the collapse of Communism. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4600. History of England to 1603. This course engages students in a careful study of the major events in the history of England to 1603. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4610. History of England Since 1603. This course engages students in a careful study of the major events in the history of England since 1603. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4780. History of the Middle East. This course covers the broad sweep of Middle Eastern History and culture of Northern Africa. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4781. History of North Africa. This course is designed to familiarize students with the history and culture of Northern Africa. (3-0-3).
- HIST 4782. Gender and Minorities in the Middle East and North Africa. This course explores the history of gender and minorities in the Middle East and North Africa. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4000. Historiography. This is the capstone senior seminar course required of all history majors. It entails a survey of leading writers who have produced the major historical works, with special emphasis on the intellectual and cultural influences that helped to shape their historical interpretations. Prerequisite: 15 hours of upper division history or permission of the instructor. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4900. Special Topics in History. Selected issues, problems, and literature in history are addressed in this course. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair. (3-0-3)
- HIST 4920. History Internship. History related internships are available for qualified students. See the Coordinator of Intern Programs for information.
- HIST 4930. History Internship. History related internships are available for qualified students. See the Coordinator of Intern Programs for information. (3-0-3)
- POLS 1101. American Government. American political institutions and processes and their development over time are carefully examined in this course. A passing grade in this course satisfies the U.S. and Georgia Constitution requirements of Georgia State Code 20-3-68. (3-0-3)
- POLS 2101. Intro to Political Science. This course is a general introduction to the scope of political science, including types of governments, the variety of institutions and processes, political concepts, and ideologies, and to the methods used to study political phenomena Required of all political science majors. (3-0-3)
- POLS 2201. State and Local Government. This course focuses on the organization, powers, functions, and political processes at the state and local levels, as well as the relationship between the state and national governments. A passing grade in this course satisfies the Georgia Constitution requirement of Georgia Code 20-3-68.
- POLS 3200. Intro to the European Union. This course examines the development of the European Union. It is the basic course for students participating in the E.U. Certification Program. (3-0-3)
- POLS 3205. Intro to Comparative Politics. This course introduces the comparative method of studying political systems, with an emphasis on institutional arrangements and political behavior found in democratic and non-democratic political systems in various regions of the world. (3-0-3)
- POLS 3210. Modern European Governments. This course entails a study of the constitutions, basic principles, governmental organizations, political party systems, and political methods of major countries in Europe. (3-0-3)
- POLS 4100. American Political Parties & Interest Groups. This course involves a careful study of the two main types of political organizations in the United States which serve as linkages between the people and their government: political parties and interest groups. The focus is on the development of political parties and interest groups, their structure and operations, and their roles in the political system. (3-0-3)
- POLS 4460. The Legislative Process. The focus of this course is the structure, functions, and behavior of state and national legislative bodies. It emphasizes composition, leadership, procedures, party and interest groups' roles, constituency influence, and representation theory. (3-0-3)
- POLS 4470. American Presidency. Powers, duties, and responsibilities are surveyed. Students will carefully examine historic and contemporary conceptions of the office and the presidency as an administrative institution. (3-0-3)
- POLS 4570. Constitutional Law I: The Structure and Powers of American Govt. This course focuses on the development of the separation of powers, federalism, and national and state regulatory authority as defined in the Constitution and as elaborated through Supreme Court decisions. Prior credit in American Government is recommended. (3-0-3)
- POLS 4580. Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties. This course is focused on civil liberties and civil rights as given in the Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights and the Civil War Amendments, and as reflected in Supreme Court decisions. Prior credit in American Government or its equivalent is recommended. Constitutional Law I is not a prerequisite for this course. (3-0-3)
- POLS 4630. International Relations. The focus of this course is the theory and practices of international relations. (3-0-3).
- POLS 4690. American Foreign Policy. This course surveys U.S. foreign policy from the 18th to the 21st centuries with emphasis on the role of the international system in shaping American policies and interests. (3-0-3)
- POLS 4700. Political Philosophy. In this course students examine the development of political philosophy and the perennial issues with which it is concerned through the works of such thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Marx. (3-0-3)
- POLS 4730. Religion and Politics. This course surveys the interaction of religion in U.S. politics and political behavior from the early colonial period through the contemporary political scene. (3-0-3)
- POLS 4760. American Political Thought. This course entails an examination of the basic ideas about man and government that have formed the basis for political practice and debate within the United States. Schools and trends of thought from the colonial era to contemporary times will be explored. (3-0-3)
- POLS 4900. Special Topics in Political Science. A variable credit course on selected issues, problems, and literature in political science. A student must get the permission of department Chair. (3-0-3)
- POLS 4920. Political Science Internship. Internships with government agencies are available for qualified students. See the Coordinator of Intern Programs for information. (3-0-3)
- POLS 4950. Senior Research. Required of all political science majors, this capstone research course requires students to integrate the basic concepts, methods, and sub-fields of political science, and to relate these to the contemporary world. It further develops skills in research and communications. A student must have earned a grade of C or better in at least 15 hours of upper division political science. (3-0-3)
Since law schools prescribe no set curriculum as a prerequisite for admission, students may major in almost any degree program in preparation for law school. Some curricula are particularly recommended, such as political science, history, English, etc. Each of these curricula will have a separate advisor. However, the student interested in law school should also consult with the "Pre-law Advisor" within the Department of History and Political Science. The Pre-law Advisor will have information on law school admission policies, Law School Aptitude Test applications and administration dates, scholarships, law school catalogs, etc. For more information, please contact Dr. Brian Smith, Associate Professor of Political Science at Brian.Smith@gsw.edu or 229-931-2080.
In order to provide an international structure for the humane and scientific study of Third World peoples, problems and issues, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life, Dr. Harold Isaacs, Professor of History at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia, founded the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS), Inc., in 1983.
ATWS is now the largest professional organization of its kind in the world, with a global membership and chapters in South Asia and Africa. Members include academics, practitioners in the area of Third World development, employees of government agencies, and diplomats who reside in 45 states plus the District of Columbia in the U.S., and in 21 other countries around the globe (especially Kenya, Nigeria, and India).
For more information, please visit the ATWS website.
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.
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 Sheets and Requirements for the B.A. in History. This degree requires completion of a minor or an approved certificate program.
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 Sheets and Requirements for the B.S. in Political Science. This degree requires completion of a minor or an approved certificate program.
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 Sheets 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.