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History and Political Science

Do you have a passion for the past, or want to help shape the future? A degree in History and Political Science can give you the opportunity to work in museums, law enforcement agencies or the political arena. Connect with the department of History and Political Science today to begin your journey.

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  • Department Highlights

    • Internship opportunities from Harrisburg, PA to Washington, DC. and beyond
    • Study abroad opportunities built around your interests and passions
    • Student research, service learning and individualized study opportunities
    • Full-time Ph.D. faculty providing personal attention and professional curricular and career advising from summer orientation through graduation
    • The flexibility to choose a second major or minors from other disciplines
    • A Pre-Law Concentration is available with any major

    Student Opportunities

    • History
    • Political Science
    • Pre-Law & Paralegal
    • Public Administration/Govt. Service
    • International Studies
    History

    Majors

    • History (B.A.) -  Download Paradigm | Course Catalog Major Requirements
      • Our curriculum enables you to develop a strong foundation in historical issues and methods while building skills that will help you excel in any postgraduate endeavor.
    • Pre-Law Concentration (B.A. in History) - Course Catalog Major Requirements
      • The history program provides a strong background for graduate study in many fields, including law. Although you can choose many paths to law school, this concentration is particularly suited to help you focus on law school preparation.  
    • Secondary Education, Social Studies Certification (B.A. in History)-  Download Paradigm | Course Catalog Major Requirements
      • If you would like to focus on history as a secondary-school teacher, this focus can help you prepare to earn your Pennsylvania teaching certificate while exploring your interest in history.

      Minor

      History Learning Objectives

      Political Science

      Majors

      • Political Science (B.A.) -  Download Paradigm |  Course Catalog Major Requirements
        • Our curriculum will enrich your interests and skills in politics help you develop a deeper and fuller understanding of political processes, and provide you with a solid conceptual foundation that can be built upon in your later lives as citizens.
      • Pre-Law Concentration (B.A. in Political Science) -  Course Catalog Major Requirements
        • This curriculum integrates courses in philosophy, business, and history with political science, and is a great option for students pursuing a law school degree or graduate studies in the legal field, including paralegal studies.
      • International Studies Concentration (Political Science, B.A.) -  Course Catalog Major Requirements
      • Public Administration/Government Service Concentration (Political Science, B.A.) -  Course Catalog Major Requirements
      • Political Communications Concentration (Political Science, B.A.) - Course Catalog Major Requirements

      Minor

      Political Science Learning Objectives

      Pre-Law & Paralegal

      Available to All Majors

      Pre-Law Studies Concentration  -  Course Catalog Major Requirements

      • The Pre-Law concentration is available as a concentration to students majoring in Political Science, Public Administration/Government Service, History, and other subject areas who are interested in attending law school. While this concentration is not mandatory for students preparing for a legal career, it does provide a unique preparation for law school. Enrolling in the Pre-Law Concentration ensures that interested students will receive appropriate advising as they prepare for a career in the legal profession.

      Paralegal Minor -  Course Catalog Major Requirements

      • A pre-law student who takes pre-law electives in a deliberate manner can complete the paralegal minor without taking any additional credits. This is a great opportunity for students who are unsure about making a commitment to law school. Complete the paralegal minor, get a job in a legal setting, earn a salary, and sample the profession before deciding to go to law school.

      Pre-Law Learning Objectives

      Public Administration/Govt. Service

      Concentration

      • Public Administration/Government Service Concentration (Political Science, B.A.) -  Course Catalog Major Requirements
        • Our curriculum will enrich your interests and skills in politics help you develop a deeper and fuller understanding of political processes, and provide you with a solid conceptual foundation that can be built upon in your later lives as citizens.

      Minor

      Public Administration/Government Service Learning Objectives

      International Studies

      Concentration

      • International Studies Concentration (B.A. in Political Science) - Course Catalog Major Requirements
        • International Studies addresses political, social, cultural and economic issues in their global and historical context, employing a multi-disciplinary approach, emphasizing core courses in political science, history and world languages.

      Learning Objectives

      1. Critical Thinking: Students will develop the ability to think critically about information (e.g.,  data or texts), theories, concepts, problems, issues, institutions and processes of American 
      Politics and Government, World Politics and Political Theory before accepting or formulating a position or conclusion or proposing a solution to a problem.

      2. Citizenship: Students will develop a deeper and fuller understanding of political processes, acquiring a solid conceptual foundation that can be built upon in their lives as citizens. 

      3. Research Methods: Students will be able to use and explain research methods used in the discipline of political science and evaluate conclusions derived from these methods. Students will develop skills that include the ability to identify, locate and access sources of information, the ability to critically evaluate information, the ability to organize information to present a 
      sound central idea in a logical order, and the ability to use the work of others accurately and ethically. 

      4. Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate the necessary oral and written skills (English and Public Speaking) to convey their knowledge to others about political science or other appropriate topics.

      5. Ethics: Students will demonstrate familiarity with theorists and ethical frameworks that can help them make hard decisions, evaluate the policy decisions that public officials make on their behalf, and recognize the implications of these choices; Knowledge of reliable frameworks of principles will help students evaluate ambiguous facts and define behavior as “right” or “good.”