About the Major
History and Political Science is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts
major. The interdisciplinary emphasis deepens understanding of the
nature and development of human institutions and behavior. In
particular, students gain a historical perspective which is vital to a
comprehensive understanding of contemporary social and political issues.
Courses in the major also increase the student’s awareness of
strategies available for dealing effectively with these issues.
program emphasizes development of skills useful in various occupations
as well as in graduate school. Course work stresses development of
verbal and written communication skills and analytical thinking. Small
class sizes allow faculty members to frequently use innovative teaching
methods, including simulations and collaborative learning.
breadth of knowledge in the major is emphasized, students also
concentrate in an area of their choice. Concentrations are offered in
these areas: History, International Relations, Political Science, and
Thematic. A certificate for secondary teaching in Social Studies is also