Major in History and Political Science

 
Courses in History and Political Science seek to provide a general understanding of the framework of the past, to provide a basis for comprehending the dynamic forces that shape events, and to develop a sense of perspective with which to view the trends of the present world. The major is recommended for students preparing for secondary teaching, graduate study in History or Political Science, or the study of law. The major has four separate tracks:

  • History Track
  • History with Teacher Certification Track
  • Political Science Track
  • Political Science with Pre-Law Emphasis Track

The student must complete one track, which will appear on the student’s transcript. The History tracks within the major are designed to provide a broad background of historical knowledge as well as concentration in depth in an area. The Political Science tracks within the major are designed to help students understand the political systems of the United States and other nations and analyze the role of the U.S. government in international relations and foreign policy.

Requirements for a Major in History and Political Science

A minimum of 39 hours of coursework (42 for the History track), consisting of the following:

One of the following:

HIS113 Survey of Europe to 1660 3
HIS123 World History I 3

One of the following:

HIS114 Survey of Europe since 1660 3
HIS124 World History II  

All of the following, required of all tracks:

HIS250 History of the U.S. to 1865 3
HIS251 History of the U.S. Since 1865 3
PSC150 American Government (National) 3
PSC261 Comparative Government 3

Plus the completion of one of four tracks.

21-30

1. History Track

24 hours of coursework, including at least 15 hours at the 300-level or above, consisting of the following:

All of the following:

HIS200 Historical Skills 3
PSC310W The American Congress 3
PSC362W American Foreign Policy 3

Plus any 5 additional HIS courses, two of which must be at the
300-level.

15
TOTAL:   42

2. History with Teacher Certification Track

30 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

All of the following:

HIS309 Blacks in the United States 3
GEO105 World Regional Geography 3
GEO110 Cultural Geography 3
ECO111 Macroeconomics 3
ECO112 Microeconomics 3
SOC102 Principles of Sociology 3
SOC105 Cultural Anthropology 3

Plus any 3 additional HIS courses at the 300-level

9
TOTAL:   48

Plus Professional Education Course Requirements

For a list of these courses, please refer to the Education section of the catalog concerning requirements for certification in Secondary Education. To qualify for Student Teaching, a student must have a cumulative 2.50 GPA and a 2.75 GPA in the History major outlined above.
 

3. Political Science Track

21 hours of coursework, including at least 15 hours at the 300-level or above, consisting of the following:

All of the following:

PSC310W The American Congress 3

One of the following:

 
PSC315 Constitutional Law 3
PSC316 Civil Liberties 3

Plus any 4 additional PSC courses, two of which must be at the 300- level

12

Plus 3 additional hours in HIS at the 300-level

3
TOTAL:   39

4. Political Science Track with Pre-Law Emphasis

21 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

All of the following:

ENG316W Rhetoric and Scholarship 3
HIS312 England Since 1688 3
PSC200 Logical Reasoning 3
PSC310W The American Congress 3
PSC315 Constitutional Law 3
PSC316 Civil Liberties 3

One of the following:

 
BUA340 Business Law 3
CJS315 Criminal Law 3
TOTAL:   39

Requirements for a Minor in History

21 hours of coursework, including at least six hours at the 300-level or above, consisting of the following:

All of the following:

HIS113 Survey of Europe to 1660 3
HIS114 Survey of Europe Since 1660 3
HIS250 History of the U.S. to 1865 3
HIS251 History of the U.S. since 1865 3

Plus 9 additional hours in HIS, 6 of which must be at the 300-level

9
TOTAL:   21

Requirements for a Minor in Political Science

21 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

One of the following sequences:

HIS113 Survey of Europe to 1660 3
HIS114 Survey of Europe Since 1660 3
or    
HIS250 History of the U.S. to 1865 3
HIS251 History of the U.S. since 1865 3

Plus the following:

 
PSC150 American Government (National) 3

Plus 12 additional hours in PSC, 6 of which must be at the 300-level

12
TOTAL:   21