HISTORY AND POLITICS

Andrew Canady
Jack Hayes, Chair
Simona Kragh

The Bachelor of Arts degree or the Bachelor of Science degree,  with a major in History and Politics requires 17 courses (49 semester hours) spread almost evenly across the two disciplines of political science and history.  This curriculum provides breadth in various epochs of American and European history, along with depth in the theory and practice of politics. Students seeking the B.A. degree must complete 6-14 semester hours of a foreign language, depending on the level of entrance.  Students seeking the B.S. degree have no foreign language requirement but must complete MTH160 (statistics) and ECO202 (macroeconomics).

Students majoring in History and Politics usually select careers in business, the non-profit sector, or government service, or they apply to graduate school in history, political science, or law. 

Students may not double major in History, History and Politics, or Political Science.  Students must attain at least a 2.0 GPA in the major in order to graduate.

Requirements for a Major in History and Politics

In addition to the general education requirements, the following courses are required:

  Semester Hours
HIS 101, History of Western Civilization I 3
HIS 102, History of Western Civilization II 3
HIS 112, Honors Seminar: History of Western Civilization II 1
HIS 201, United States History I 3
HIS 202, United States History II 3
HIS 465, Seminar or  
HIS/POS 455, Political Development 3
HIS and POS Electives (no more than 12 hours in one discipline) 21
POS 131, The World of Politics 3
POS 204, State and Local Government 3
POS 215, American National Government 3
POS 320, American Government: Issues and Problems 3
Total 49

Sample Four-Year Course Sequence for History and Politics

Freshman Year: Junior Year:
HIS 101, 102, History of Western Civilization I, II HIS 465, Seminar or
HIS 112, Honors Seminar: History of Western Civilization II HIS/POS 455, Political Development
POS 131, The World of Politics 4 upper level history and/or political science courses
   
Sophomore Year: Senior Year:
HIS 201, 202, United States History I, II 3 upper level history and/or political science courses
POS 204, State and Local Government  
POS 215, American National Government  
POS 320, American Government: Issues and Problems