The political science and history program explores the heritage of Western civilization as it relates to modern government, the interactions between Western and non-Western values, and the politics in a rapidly changing, and interdependent global environment. The major provides a foundation in history, international relations, political analysis, and economics. Upon examination of the cycle of politics through the lens of history, you’ll identify patterns of thought and concepts that have shaped the direction of nations across centuries, and have ultimately charted the course of humanity.
A degree in political science and history will prepare you for graduate study, or law school, as well as employment in areas like political and historical research, public relations, interest-group activity, and political party activity. Several political science and history graduates are active in local, state, and national politics and election campaigns, completing internships in state and national legislative offices for several political parties.
The political science program gives you the opportunity to learn about politics from a different perspectives. Classes are offered in four subsets of the field:
Europe and the World - Follow the development of European history in relation to the world from the Middle Ages and Renaissance through the era of colonization, the industrial revolution, abolition, through two world wars and into the 21st century.
American Society and Government - Explore the birth of a young nation and trace the growth of American society and government over nearly 250 years, from colonization through revolution, Western exploration and expansion, establishment of a Constitution, the Civil War, industrial revolution, two World Wars, the Cold War, into the Information Age.
Foreign Affairs and International Relations - Examine the cultural and socioeconomic factors impacting international relations between nations throughout history. Study foreign affairs between the U.S. and other nations through a global perspective and the lens of interdependence.
Public Policy and Administration - Investigate a range of public policy decisions and outcomes through a historical lens, and examine case studies to find trends in administrative decision-making. You’ll gain a broad understanding of the impact of key decisions, new laws or failure to enact change in areas of public concern, and apply current principles and concepts to the issues of our day.