Warren Wilson College Catalog 07-08

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History and Political Science

Faculty: Ruth Douglas Currie, Dongping Han, Frank Kalinowski, Philip L. Otterness (Chair), J. Thomas Showalter, Sarah Thuesen

Academic training in History and Political Science is good preparation for careers in journalism, teaching, law, government service, and the ministry.

Majors in History and Political Science

Students have the choice of completing a regular major in History and Political Science or of completing a concentration in History or in Political Science within the broader major.

Grades: A grade of C- or better in each course that is counted toward the major.

Requirements: A minimum of 40 credits as follows:

History and Political Science

  1. 12 credits in three 100-level History courses in at least two of three areas:
    Asian civilization, Western civilization, and United States history
  2. PSC 151 Introduction to American Government
  3. 20 credits in five additional courses in History and Political Science of which
    a) at least three must be 300-level or 400-level courses and
    b) two must be in History and two must be in Political Science.

  4. HIS 480 Senior Seminar in History and Political Science

A concentration in History

  1. 16 credits in four 100-level History courses in at least two of three areas: Asian civilization, Western civilization, and United States history. PSC 151 Introduction to American Government may substitute for one of these courses.
  2. 20 credits in five courses above the 100-level in History and Political Science of which
    a) at least three must be 300-level or 400-level courses and
    b) at least three must be in History and one must be in Political Science.

  3. HIS 480 Senior Seminar in History and Political Science

A concentration in Political Science

  1. 8 credits in two 100-level History courses
  2. PSC 151 Introduction to American Government
  3. 24 credits in six courses in History and Political Science of which
    a) at least four must be 300-level or 400-level courses and
    b) at least four must be in Political Science.

  4. HIS 480 Senior History Seminar

For purposes of the major, ENS 205 Environmental History of the United States may count as a 200-level History course and ENS 421 Environmental Policy may count as a 400-level Political Science course. All other courses must have HIS or PSC designations.

History and Political Science with Secondary Education: In 2007-08 the current Teacher Education Program will be phased out. Beginning in the fall of 2008 we plan to offer an innovative licensure program, a high-quality model for teaching based on what makes Warren Wilson College a special place. Although still in planning stages, the program is expected to be a focused professional year completed in addition to a bachelor’s degree earned at Warren Wilson College or elsewhere. Please see page 78 for more information on plans for the new program. For further information, contact the Education Department.

Minor in History and Political Science

Requirements: The minor requires 20 credits of History and Political Science courses within the department with at least 4 credits in History and 4 credits in Political Sciences.