BA MAJOR & MINOR
History and political science are disciplines based on informed argument. So we emphasize critical reading and thinking, careful and thorough research, and effective writing. Besides preparing you to be an engaged citizen, your academic training will ready you for careers in teaching, law, government service, journalism, archival and museum work, research, and writing.
It will also serve as a critical lens through which to view our current political environment.
What You’ll Study
With the goal of providing exceptional flexibility, you’ll have the option of adding a concentration in either History or Political Science to your History & Political Science major. This allows you to deep-dive into a primary area of interest while maintaining a strong foundation in both disciplines.
Within the History & Political Science department, you will learn from historians and political scientists that are well-trained in applying their knowledge in relevant ways. Professor Philip Otterness was featured on TLC’s show “Who Do You Think You Are?”, helping actor Katey Sagal, known for her roles in “Married with Children” and “Sons of Anarchy”, learn about her family’s Amish roots. Political science professor Chris Kypriotis regularly weighs in on relevant questions from Trump’s presidential nomination to the congressional redistricting fight in North Carolina.
With these kinds of faculty leading the way, our History & Political Science program looks backward to help you understand and solve tomorrow’s problems.
This was a place I could be myself and feel loved and nurtured to grow and explore as a person. I learned to critically think and was introduced to ideas that expanded my world and changed my perspective. I also learned how to balance my time and to value work.Jessica Culpepper, '04, History/Political Science major