The Major in History & Political Science

 

            A major in History & Political Science requires that 40 credit hours be taken within the department.  The department offers majors three options in structuring their curriculum: a concentration in history, a concentration in political science, and no concentration. The “no concentration” option is in essence a concentration in both fields of the department, requiring greater breadth than the other concentrations. For purposes of the fulfilling the major requirements, ENS 421: Environmental Policy, may count as a 400-level political science class.  All other requirements must be fulfilled from within the History & Political Science department.  Students must earn a C- or better in all classes counted towards the major. The specific requirements of each of the three tracks are described below.

 

History Concentration

Political Science Concentration             

No Concentration

 

History Concentration

            Majors pursuing a degree in history & political science with a history concentration are required to take the following courses:

 

            1) Four 100-level courses in at least two of three areas: Asian civilization, Western civilization, and U.S. history.  Introduction to American Government (PSC 151) may also count towards this requirement

            2) Five history or political science classes at the 200 level or above,             of which

a)     At least three must be at the 300 level or above

b)     At least three must be in history

c)     At least one must be in political science

3) HIS 480 – Senior Seminar for History & Political Science (HIS 480 may not be used to fulfill the above requirement)

 

Political Science Concentration

            Majors pursuing a degree in history & political science with a political science concentration are required to take the following courses:

 

            1) Introduction to American Government (PSC 151)

            2) Two 100-level history courses

            3) Six history or political science classes at the 200 level or above, of which

a)     At least four must be at the 300 level or above

b)     At least four must be in political science

4) HIS 480 – Senior Seminar for History & Political Science (HIS 480 may not be used to fulfill the above requirement)

 

No Concentration

Majors pursuing a degree in history & political science with no concentration are required to take the following courses:

 

            1) Three 100-level history courses in at least two of three areas:

               Asian civilization, Western civilization, and U.S. history. 

2) Introduction to American Government (PSC 151)

            3) Five history or political science classes at the 200 level or above,

              of which

a)     At least three must be at the 300 level or above

b)     At least two must be in history

c)     At least two must be in political science

4) HIS 480 – Senior Seminar for History & Political Science (HIS 480 may not be used to fulfill the above requirement)