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University of Pittsburgh Bradford    
2021-2022 Bradford Campus Catalog 
  Oct 15, 2021
2021-2022 Bradford Campus Catalog

History/Political Science, BA

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.

Degree Requirements

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:

Total credits required for the major: 48

General Education Program Requirements and Electives-Variable

(See General Education Program  and General Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree  under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)

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

Credits: 33

Second Year

  • History area requirement courses - 6 Credits
  • Political science courses - 6 Credits
  • General education or elective courses - 19 Credits

Credits: 31

Third Year

  • History courses - 6 Credits
  • Political science course - 3 Credits
  • General education or elective courses - 24 Credits

Credits: 36

Fourth Year

Credits: 28


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.

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