Contact: Dr. Stephen Robar
The history/political science major offers students a foundation in two disciplines that study the institutions, the processes, the people, and the ideas and cultures that have shaped the United States and other countries. The study of history and political science develops insight into current affairs and into the possibilities and limitations of individual and public action.
The major prepares students for careers in journalism, teaching, or government service and for graduate study in business, history, law, political science, public policy, international affairs, and public administration.
Secondary teacher certification in social studies is available with the BA degree in history/political science.
Course Requirements in the Major
Area Requirements in History
Two of the following courses (6 credits):
Total additional credits in history: 15
Area Requirements in Political Science
Seven courses, including at least one course from each of the four sets of courses representing the four areas of study in political science, including at least two at the 1300/1400 level or above:
American Government and Politics
Comparative Government and Politics
Total additional credits in political science: 21
Total credits required for the major: 48
Please be advised
Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.
Suggested Course of Study
- History area requirement courses - 6 Credits
- Political science courses - 6 Credits
- General education or elective courses - 19 Credits
- HIST 1449 - CAPSTONE 1: RESEARCH METHODS or PS 1449 - CAPSTONE 1: RESEARCH METHODS
- History courses - 6 Credits
- Political science course - 3 Credits
- General education or elective courses - 24 Credits
Students seeking secondary teacher certification in social studies should meet with the director of teacher education each semester to plan out their course of study. Please refer to the section on Education Programs for further details.