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History & Political Science Major

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Courses

The Majors and Minors section of the academic catalog explains graduation requirements. You can also read more about courses in the Undergraduate Course Listings section of the academic catalog.

Degree Plans

Sample degree plans provide a glimpse of what your schedule may look like as you complete this program.

History & Political Science Major Courses

HIST101 Western Civilization (3 Credits)
The development of Western Civilization from the earliest civilizations in the Ancient Near East to the present, analyzing political, social, cultural, economic, and religious ideas and meaningfully applying them to contemporary life. (Offered every semester.)
HIST201 American History (3 Credits)
People, ideas, and institutions in American history from English colonization to the present. (Offered every semester.)
POLS210 American Government (3 Credits)
Examines structures, functions, and policies of the national government. (Offered spring semester.)
HIST305 20th Century America (3 Credits)
This course examines the development of U.S. social, cultural, and political history from World War I to the present. Prerequisite: HST 201 or permission of instructor. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
HIST350 Historical Methods (3 Credits)
Choose One Course - From HIST202 or HIST310 (Courses Required: 1)
HIST110 Latin America (3 Credits)
Emphasizes the forces that shaped and are now reshaping the region. Examines historical reasons for the present problems that trouble the area. Cross listed with HIST310 and SPAN310. Meets the general education cross cultural requirement. (Offered fall semester.)
HIST202 Eastern Civilization (3 Credits)
The study of the history and culture of China and Japan from ancient times to the present. Meets the general education cross-cultural requirement. (Offered spring semester.)
HIST310 Latin America (3 Credits)
Emphasizes the forces that shaped and are now reshaping the region. Examines historical reasons for the present problems that trouble the area. Cross listed with HIST110 and SPAN 310. Meets the general education cross-cultural requirement. (Offered fall semester.)
Choose 3 Credits History (Credits Required: 3.00)
HIST110 Latin America (3 Credits)
Emphasizes the forces that shaped and are now reshaping the region. Examines historical reasons for the present problems that trouble the area. Cross listed with HIST310 and SPAN310. Meets the general education cross cultural requirement. (Offered fall semester.)
HIST199 Open Titled (3 Credits)
HIST202 Eastern Civilization (3 Credits)
The study of the history and culture of China and Japan from ancient times to the present. Meets the general education cross-cultural requirement. (Offered spring semester.)
HIST215 History Teaching Methods (3 Credits)
This course allows students the ability to practice and refine the skills necessary for successful secondary history instruction. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
HIST225 African American History (3 Credits)
African American History I (1492-1860) explores the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the West Indies through colonization and up to the Civil War. The course examines the Atlantic slave trade (until its abolition in 1808), domestic slavery in America, the political and ideological divide within America (during this time period) over the issue of slavery, and the efforts of American and British abolitionists to end slavery.
HIST226 African American History (3 Credits)
African American History II (1860-1970) examines the halting progress Americans made during the 100 years between the Emancipation Proclamation and the civil rights legislation of the 1960's. Students consider the perspective of significant American civil rights activists, including W. E. B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Mary Church Terrell, Anna Julia Cooper, Marcus Garvey, A. Philip Randolph, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr.
HIST240 Social History of Latin America (3 Credits)
This course will focus on the histroical and contemporary conditions of ordinary people in Latin America. Besides written sources, we will make use of an important historical source, Latin America feature films, to illustrate how economic dependency and underdevelopment have conditioned the lives of hte continent's inhabitants, but also how Latin Americans have adapted and responded to these conditions. In addition, as social history, this course will focus on groups traditionally marginalized in the study of history: women, children, peasants, Indians, and others.
HIST245 Jews, Christians, Muslims (3 Credits)
A study of the history, culture and texts of Jews, Christians and Muslims based upon an examination of the significance of monotheism, Scripture, authority, ritual, family life, ethics, material culture, within each group. Observation of concepts and phenomena they share, as well as the ways they are distinguished for the purpose of understanding each group's origin, development, influence, and connection to civil/political orders. Cross listed with REL 245. Meets the general educaion cross cultural requirement. Prerequisite: COR 102 (may be taken concurrently) or Bible course or permission of instructor. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
HIST248 History of Mexico (3 Credits)
This course seeks to increase awareness of the uniqueness of Mexican culture, society, and politics and to promote an understanding of the forces driving changes in these areas. Meets the general education cross cultural requirement. Prerequisite: HST101. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
HIST260 History of Philosophy I (3 Credits)
Major thinkers and themes of philosophical thought from Thales in the sixth century B.C.E., to the late fifteenth century medieval scholastics will be studied. Special attention will be given to the thought of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and Thomas Aquinas and how these thinkers approached metaphysical, ontological, and ethical problems. Cross Listed with PHL250. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
HIST261 History of Philosophy II (3 Credits)
Major thinkers and themes of philosophical thought from Bacon through the twentieth century will be studied. Special attention will be given to epistemology and metaphysics. The perspectives of rationalism, empiricism, transcendental idealism, existentialism and twentieth century analytical thought will play a key role through this course. Cross listed with PHL251. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
HIST304 19th Century America (3 Credits)
This course examines American history and culture during this tumultuous century (roughly 1820-1900). The class examines the major social, religious, and political reforms of the century and the historical context in which they were born. Prerequisite: HST 201 and ENG 101. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
HIST307 Early American History (3 Credits)
This course examines the social, cultural and political development of the United States from colonization ro the early national period. Prerequisite: HST 201. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
HIST310 Latin America (3 Credits)
Emphasizes the forces that shaped and are now reshaping the region. Examines historical reasons for the present problems that trouble the area. Cross listed with HIST110 and SPAN 310. Meets the general education cross-cultural requirement. (Offered fall semester.)
HIST325 African American History (3 Credits)
African American History I (1492-1860) explores the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the West Indies through colonization and up to the Civil War. The course examines the Atlantic slave trade (until its abolition in 1808), domestic slavery in America, the political and ideological divide within America (during this time period) over the issue of slavery, and the efforts of American and British abolitionists to end slavery.
HIST326 African American History (3 Credits)
African American History II (1860-1970) examines the halting progress Americans made during the 100 years between the Emancipation Proclamation and the civil rights legislation of the 1960's. Students consider the perspective of significant American civil rights activists, including W. E. B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Mary Church Terrell, Anna Julia Cooper, Marcus Garvey, A. Philip Randolph, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr.
HIST340 Social History of Latin America (3 Credits)
HIST343 Western Christianity I (3 Credits)
The systematic study of the development of Western Christendom from the first through the fifteenth centuries focusing on major themes, figures, actions, and impulses. The historical method of research will be employed as a means of helping students to gain a contextualized understanding and appreciation for the developing role of the church and its relationship to culture. A major emphasis will be placed on the reading of primary sources as a means for understanding the development of Christian theology. Cross listed with REL 343. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
HIST344 Western Christianity II (3 Credits)
The systematic study of the development of Western Christendom from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries focusing on major themes, figures, actions, and impulses. The historical method of research will be employed as a means of helping students to gain a contextualized understanding and appreciation for the developing role of the church and its relationship to culture. A major emphasis will be placed on the reading of primary sources as a means for understanding the development of Christian theology. Cross listed with REL 344. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
HIST345 History of Judaism (3 Credits)
A study of the Jewish religion/culture that developed in the sixth century BCE and flourished in the Persian, Greek and Roman periods. Includes encounters with the rabbinic literature that began to be produced in the second centruy CE--the Midrashim, Mishanah and Talmuds--and modern expressions of Judaism around the world. Cross listed with REL 345. Prerequisite: COR 102 or Bible course or permission of the instructor. (Offered spring semester.)
HIST348 History of Mexico (3 Credits)
This course seeks to increase awareness of the uniqueness of Mexican culture, society, and politics and to promote an understanding of the forces driving changes in these areas. Meets the general educastion cross cultural requirement. Prerequisite: HST101 and a History major. (Offered spring semster of even calendar years.)
HIST352 Modern Economic History (3 Credits)
An interdisciplinary course organized for studying backgrounds to current economic problems in context with related social, political, and religious issues. Meets the general education cross cultural requirement. (Offered irregularlyfall semester of odd calendar years.)
HIST353 History of Russia (3 Credits)
This course examines the development of Russian poitics, religion and culture from the prehistoric period to the present. This allows study of a culture which is connected to the European societies with which students are familiar, but which has been strikingly different in may ways. Prerequisite: HST 101. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
HIST399 Open Titled (3 Credits)
HIST451 Historiography (3 Credits)
Historiography is the analysis of the theories through which we have understood history.
Choose 3 Credits Poli Sci (Credits Required: 3.00)
POLS120 Current Events (3 Credits)
POLS199 Open Titled (3 Credits)
POLS310 The U. S. Constitution (3 Credits)
An introduction to the philosophical, social, historical, and legal aspects of the U. S. Constitution through case study to prepare students for political/legal research on contemporary issues. Prerequisite: POL 210, shoudl be taken concurrently with HST 201. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
POLS311 History Of Political Thought (3 Credits)
Concerns political ideas from Plato to the present, analyzed from the perspective of the Judeo-Christian-Classical tradition. Cross listed with PHL 311. Prerequisite: POL 210. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
POLS313 International Relations (3 Credits)
A study of the foreign policy of the United States from Teddy Roosevelt to George W. Bush. Prereq: HST 201. (Offered fall semester of even calender years).
POLS320 Current Events (3 Credits)
POLS340 Civil Rights and Liberties (3 Credits)
POLS399 Open Titled (3 Credits)
Choose 6 Credits Hist/PS (Credits Required: 6.00)
HIST110 Latin America (3 Credits)
Emphasizes the forces that shaped and are now reshaping the region. Examines historical reasons for the present problems that trouble the area. Cross listed with HIST310 and SPAN310. Meets the general education cross cultural requirement. (Offered fall semester.)
POLS120 Current Events (3 Credits)
HIST199 Open Titled (3 Credits)
POLS199 Open Titled (3 Credits)
HIST202 Eastern Civilization (3 Credits)
The study of the history and culture of China and Japan from ancient times to the present. Meets the general education cross-cultural requirement. (Offered spring semester.)
HIST215 History Teaching Methods (3 Credits)
This course allows students the ability to practice and refine the skills necessary for successful secondary history instruction. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
HIST225 African American History (3 Credits)
African American History I (1492-1860) explores the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the West Indies through colonization and up to the Civil War. The course examines the Atlantic slave trade (until its abolition in 1808), domestic slavery in America, the political and ideological divide within America (during this time period) over the issue of slavery, and the efforts of American and British abolitionists to end slavery.
HIST226 African American History (3 Credits)
African American History II (1860-1970) examines the halting progress Americans made during the 100 years between the Emancipation Proclamation and the civil rights legislation of the 1960's. Students consider the perspective of significant American civil rights activists, including W. E. B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Mary Church Terrell, Anna Julia Cooper, Marcus Garvey, A. Philip Randolph, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr.
HIST240 Social History of Latin America (3 Credits)
This course will focus on the histroical and contemporary conditions of ordinary people in Latin America. Besides written sources, we will make use of an important historical source, Latin America feature films, to illustrate how economic dependency and underdevelopment have conditioned the lives of hte continent's inhabitants, but also how Latin Americans have adapted and responded to these conditions. In addition, as social history, this course will focus on groups traditionally marginalized in the study of history: women, children, peasants, Indians, and others.
HIST245 Jews, Christians, Muslims (3 Credits)
A study of the history, culture and texts of Jews, Christians and Muslims based upon an examination of the significance of monotheism, Scripture, authority, ritual, family life, ethics, material culture, within each group. Observation of concepts and phenomena they share, as well as the ways they are distinguished for the purpose of understanding each group's origin, development, influence, and connection to civil/political orders. Cross listed with REL 245. Meets the general educaion cross cultural requirement. Prerequisite: COR 102 (may be taken concurrently) or Bible course or permission of instructor. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
HIST248 History of Mexico (3 Credits)
This course seeks to increase awareness of the uniqueness of Mexican culture, society, and politics and to promote an understanding of the forces driving changes in these areas. Meets the general education cross cultural requirement. Prerequisite: HST101. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
HIST260 History of Philosophy I (3 Credits)
Major thinkers and themes of philosophical thought from Thales in the sixth century B.C.E., to the late fifteenth century medieval scholastics will be studied. Special attention will be given to the thought of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and Thomas Aquinas and how these thinkers approached metaphysical, ontological, and ethical problems. Cross Listed with PHL250. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
HIST261 History of Philosophy II (3 Credits)
Major thinkers and themes of philosophical thought from Bacon through the twentieth century will be studied. Special attention will be given to epistemology and metaphysics. The perspectives of rationalism, empiricism, transcendental idealism, existentialism and twentieth century analytical thought will play a key role through this course. Cross listed with PHL251. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
HIST304 19th Century America (3 Credits)
This course examines American history and culture during this tumultuous century (roughly 1820-1900). The class examines the major social, religious, and political reforms of the century and the historical context in which they were born. Prerequisite: HST 201 and ENG 101. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
HIST307 Early American History (3 Credits)
This course examines the social, cultural and political development of the United States from colonization ro the early national period. Prerequisite: HST 201. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
HIST310 Latin America (3 Credits)
Emphasizes the forces that shaped and are now reshaping the region. Examines historical reasons for the present problems that trouble the area. Cross listed with HIST110 and SPAN 310. Meets the general education cross-cultural requirement. (Offered fall semester.)
POLS310 The U. S. Constitution (3 Credits)
An introduction to the philosophical, social, historical, and legal aspects of the U. S. Constitution through case study to prepare students for political/legal research on contemporary issues. Prerequisite: POL 210, shoudl be taken concurrently with HST 201. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
POLS311 History Of Political Thought (3 Credits)
Concerns political ideas from Plato to the present, analyzed from the perspective of the Judeo-Christian-Classical tradition. Cross listed with PHL 311. Prerequisite: POL 210. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
POLS313 International Relations (3 Credits)
A study of the foreign policy of the United States from Teddy Roosevelt to George W. Bush. Prereq: HST 201. (Offered fall semester of even calender years).
POLS320 Current Events (3 Credits)
HIST325 African American History (3 Credits)
African American History I (1492-1860) explores the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the West Indies through colonization and up to the Civil War. The course examines the Atlantic slave trade (until its abolition in 1808), domestic slavery in America, the political and ideological divide within America (during this time period) over the issue of slavery, and the efforts of American and British abolitionists to end slavery.
HIST326 African American History (3 Credits)
African American History II (1860-1970) examines the halting progress Americans made during the 100 years between the Emancipation Proclamation and the civil rights legislation of the 1960's. Students consider the perspective of significant American civil rights activists, including W. E. B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Mary Church Terrell, Anna Julia Cooper, Marcus Garvey, A. Philip Randolph, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr.
POLS340 Civil Rights and Liberties (3 Credits)
HIST340 Social History of Latin America (3 Credits)
HIST343 Western Christianity I (3 Credits)
The systematic study of the development of Western Christendom from the first through the fifteenth centuries focusing on major themes, figures, actions, and impulses. The historical method of research will be employed as a means of helping students to gain a contextualized understanding and appreciation for the developing role of the church and its relationship to culture. A major emphasis will be placed on the reading of primary sources as a means for understanding the development of Christian theology. Cross listed with REL 343. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
HIST344 Western Christianity II (3 Credits)
The systematic study of the development of Western Christendom from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries focusing on major themes, figures, actions, and impulses. The historical method of research will be employed as a means of helping students to gain a contextualized understanding and appreciation for the developing role of the church and its relationship to culture. A major emphasis will be placed on the reading of primary sources as a means for understanding the development of Christian theology. Cross listed with REL 344. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
HIST345 History of Judaism (3 Credits)
A study of the Jewish religion/culture that developed in the sixth century BCE and flourished in the Persian, Greek and Roman periods. Includes encounters with the rabbinic literature that began to be produced in the second centruy CE--the Midrashim, Mishanah and Talmuds--and modern expressions of Judaism around the world. Cross listed with REL 345. Prerequisite: COR 102 or Bible course or permission of the instructor. (Offered spring semester.)
HIST348 History of Mexico (3 Credits)
This course seeks to increase awareness of the uniqueness of Mexican culture, society, and politics and to promote an understanding of the forces driving changes in these areas. Meets the general educastion cross cultural requirement. Prerequisite: HST101 and a History major. (Offered spring semster of even calendar years.)
POLS350 Readings In Government (1 Credit)
Selected readings chosen by student and instructor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (Offered every semester.)
HIST352 Modern Economic History (3 Credits)
An interdisciplinary course organized for studying backgrounds to current economic problems in context with related social, political, and religious issues. Meets the general education cross cultural requirement. (Offered irregularlyfall semester of odd calendar years.)
HIST353 History of Russia (3 Credits)
This course examines the development of Russian poitics, religion and culture from the prehistoric period to the present. This allows study of a culture which is connected to the European societies with which students are familiar, but which has been strikingly different in may ways. Prerequisite: HST 101. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
HIST389 Jr Departmental Honors Research (2 Credits)
HIST390 Readings In History (1 Credit)
Selected readings chosen by student and instructor.
POLS390 Readings in Political Science (1 Credit)
HIST399 Open Titled (3 Credits)
POLS399 Open Titled (3 Credits)
HIST405 Internship (4 Credits)
HIST451 Historiography (3 Credits)
Historiography is the analysis of the theories through which we have understood history.
HIST489 Departmental Honors Research (2 Credits)
HIST490 Departmental Honors Thesis (2 Credits)

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Pre-Law

To be a Pre-Law major you will need a well-rounded education. In particular, you will need to be able to read with high comprehension, write clearly and cogently, speak persuasively and particularly, and think critically and logically. There is a long list of classes you may take, but there are too many to take them all. Rather you should take those which you believe will strengthen you.

"Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream."  
Amos 5:24

Law schools accept any major, and no major is particularly superior in preparing you for a career in law.  More than anything else, you need a well-rounded education.  In particular, you will need to be able to read with high comprehension, write clearly and cogently, speak persuasively, and particularly, think critically and logically.  Whatever major you choose should be supplemented with such courses as logic, ethics, advanced public speaking, criminal justice, and advanced writing.

You should focus on developing excellent writing skills therefore; take as many writing intensive courses as possible as well as consider courses in research methods and statistics.  Furthermore, a second language will make you more marketable.

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