History & 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 tracks:

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

Minors are available in:

History
Political Science

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Dr. Junius Rodriguez
jrodrig@eureka.edu
(309) 467-6416
Burgess Hall – Room 201C
300 East College Ave.
Eureka, IL 61530

The History track within the major is designed to provide a broad background of historical knowledge as well as concentration in depth in an area.

A minimum of 42 hours of coursework, 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:
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
HIS200 Historical Skills 3
PSC310W The American Congress 3
PSC362W American Foreign Policy 3
HIS Elective 3
HIS Elective 3
HIS Elective 3
HIS Elective (300-499) 3
HIS Elective (300-499) 3
TOTAL: 42

This major leads to licensure at the secondary level in Social Science (History Designation).

101 hours of coursework, 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 3
All of the following:
ECO111 Macroeconomics 3
ECO112 Microeconomics 3
GEO105 World Regional Geography 3
GEO110 Cultural Geography 3
HIS250 History of the United States to 1865 3
HIS251 History of the United States Since 1865 3
HIS309 Blacks in the United States 3
PSC150 American Government (National) 3
PSC261 Comparative Government 3
SOC102 Principles of Sociology 3
SOC105 Cultural Anthropology 3
Plus any 3 additional HIS courses at the 300-level. 9
TOTAL: 48

Professional Education Requirements:

All of the following:
EDU170 Introduction to Curriculum and Instructional Design 3
EDU185 Foundations of American Education 3
EDU227W Educational Psychology 3
EDU228L Educational Psychology Field Experience 0.5
EDU229 Educating the Exceptional Child 3
EDU241 Secondary Methods in Social Science I 1
EDU341 Secondary Methods in Social Science II 1
EDU350 Language and Literacy in Adolescence 1
EDU366A Secondary Diversity Practicum 1
EDU366B Secondary Content Practicum 1
EDU380 Middle School Methods and Management 3
EDU390 Educational Technology 2
EDU415 Secondary Classroom Management 1
EDU431W Educational Assessment 2
EDU435 Field Experience for Secondary Student Teachers 0.5
EDU441 Methods of Teaching in a Secondary School 2
EDU455 Education Seminar 1
EDU466 Student Teaching 14
TOTAL: 43
Plus all of the following:
HED179 First Aid, CPR, and Injury Prevention 1
MAT260 Statistics 3
PSY207 Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development 3
One of the following:
COM110 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
THA130 Acting I – Introduction to Acting 3
TOTAL: 10

The Political Science track is 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.

A minimum of 39 hours of coursework, 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 3
One of the following:
PSC315 Constitutional Law 3
PSC316 Civil Liberties 3
All of the following:
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
PSC310W The American Congress 3
PSC Elective 3
PSC Elective 3
PSC Elective (300-499) 3
PSC Elective (300-499) 3
HIS Elective (300-499) 3
TOTAL: 39

Although certain courses are recommended for students preparing to go on to law school after graduation from Eureka, there is no one prescribed major. Law schools are seeking students who perform well on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) normally taken in the summer between the junior and senior years and who have an excellent record in their undergraduate program regardless of their specific major.

To assure that Pre-Law students are guided in their programs, advisors work closely with them in discussing potential majors and selection of other courses, and assist them in knowing how to prepare for the LSAT. Students who wish to major in History and Political Science may choose the Political Science with Pre-Law Emphasis, which will appear on the student’s transcript. Requirements for that program are shown below.

A minimum of 39 hours of coursework, 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 3
One of the following:
BUA340 Business Law 3
CJS310 Criminal Law and Procedure 3
All of the following:
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
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
TOTAL: 39

21 hours of coursework, 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 3
All of the following:
HIS250 History of the United States to 1865 3
HIS251 History of the United States Since 1865 3
HIS Elective 3
HIS Elective (300-499) 3
HIS Elective (300-499) 3
TOTAL: 21

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
PSC Elective 3
PSC Elective 3
PSC Elective (300-499) 3
PSC Elective (300-499) 3
TOTAL: 21

“The political science program has aided me in developing an international perspective and the ability to apply historical narrative to the pressing issues of our time.”
Bobby Mathius,
Class of 2017