The mission of the History and Political Science Department is to instruct students in the content and methodologies of History and Political Science while serving as exemplars of scholars working in those disciplines.
The goals of the History and Political Science Department are the following:
The department teaches courses that emphasize critical reading and thinking, careful and thorough research, and effective writing. Besides preparing engaged citizens, academic training in History and Political Science is good preparation for careers in teaching, law, government service, journalism, archival and museum work, and research and writing.
Grades: Students must pass courses with a grade of C- or better to count toward fulfillment of the major.
Total Credit Hours: Students must earn a minimum of 40 credit hours in history and political science to fulfill the major requirements.
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.
For purposes of the major and the minor, ENS 421 Environmental Policy may count as a 400-level Political Science course. All other courses must have HIS or PSC designations.
Up to 8 credit hours of AP history or government credit may count toward the major or the minor. See the AP Examination Recommendations chart.
Requirements (for the major with no concentration):
Grades: Students must pass courses with a grade of C- or better to count toward the minor.
Total Credit Hours: Students must earn a minimum of 20 credit hours in history and political science to fulfill the minor requirements.
Requirements: The minor requires at least 4 credit hours in History and 4 credit hours in Political Sciences. At least 8 credit hours of the required 20 credit hours must be at the 200-level or higher.