History & Political Science
International Studies (B.A.)
Political Science (B.A.)
Social Science Education (B.S.)
Black World Studies
The Department of History comprises areas of study in various fields of history, pre-law, political science, and geography. Courses are designed to meet the questions of the past and the problems of the contemporary world in areas of American, Latin American, European, African, and Christian church history. Political science courses are built around the various structures and concepts of politics, government, diplomacy, and international relations. Three survey courses are offered in geography.
It is the purpose of the Department of History and Political Science to prepare students to use the disciplines of history, political science, and international studies as analytical tools to understand the dynamics of today's ever-changing and complex society. Courses in American history, Latin America, Europe, Africa, political science, and church history, along with student-teacher interaction, will provide ethical values and a knowledge base that will meet the department's purpose. The course offerings provide graduates with the skills needed to be competitive in graduate school, law school, and research. The knowledge gleaned from the courses taught in the department will promote a sound academic background and both spiritual and moral values. In addition, the student will learn to appreciate the diversity of a growing multicultural world society.
Application for Admission
To be admitted as a major in the Department of History and Political Science, students must have completed 30 hours of course work, including EN 112 Freshman Composition and at least two courses in the Department. Applicants must also have an overall minimum GPA of 2.00 and a minimum GPA of 2.25 in the history courses. Applicants to the Pre-Law major must have a GPA of 3.00.
Candidates for the B.A. degree must pass a departmental essay exit examination in their senior year with a minimum grade of C+, or take one of the national standardized tests (e.g., the GRE, LSAT).
Many graduates in history and/or political science attend law school; others choose graduate school for careers in teaching and research. They may also find rewarding careers in governmental agencies such as the Department of State, the Diplomatic Corps, private industry, foundations, archives, and criminal justice organizations.