History and Political Science

Course Requirements

ECO 101: Introduction to Macroeconomics

Institutions and functioning of capitalism; national income and its determination; monetary and fiscal policy; international economics; and problems of growth and development. CC


ECO 102: Introduction to Microeconomics*

The mechanisms by which resources are allocated in a market system, and study of modifications to account for imperfections in the system. Topics include demand, production and cost, theories of business behavior and consumer behavior, market performance in the U.S. economy and comparative economic systems. CC

One of the following three

HIS 110: Ancient and Mediterranean World

History and culture of the ancient world as known from literature, art and thought of civilizations in the Near East, Greece, the Roman Empire and lands surrounding the Mediterranean. Geographical and chronological focus may vary. FWC

HIS 111: Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Social, cultural and political history of Western Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Enlightenment. FWC

HIS 112: Modern European History

Social, cultural, economic and political history of Western Europe from the background of the Old Regime and the French Revolution to present times. HWC

One of the following three:

HIS 124: American History to 1865

From the European expansion to the Civil War. Includes the colonizing experience; interaction and conflict of African, Native American and European cultures; development of colonial society, economy, government; and politics; the Revolution; and establishment of a republic, its growth in the 19th century and conflicts leading to the Civil War. HWC, CD


HIS 125: American History 1865-1945

Covers period from Reconstruction to World War II, including the rise of big business and organized labor, the immigrant experience, attempts at reform and the impact of the Great Depression and two world wars on American society. HWC

HIS 126: American History Since 1945

Major developments since World War II, including the Cold War; the civil rights, women’s and other movements; Watergate; the "Reagan Revolution"; the American Presidency; and the legacy of the "rights revolution" and cultural debates in recent decades. CC


HIS/PS 399: Senior Thesis

PS 120: American Government

Survey of United States national government, particularly Congress, Supreme Court and the presidency. Attention is also given to political parties, elections, interest groups and analysis of contemporary issues. CC

SOC 120: Introduction to Sociology*

A general introductory course to the discipline of sociology, intended mainly for students who wish to gain a broad overview of the field, its areas of study, methods of inquiry and conceptions and analysis of society. The central objective of the course is to encourage students to think sociologically. CC, CD

All majors are encouraged to take

HIS/PS 355: Internship


SOC 232: Qualitative Methods and Feminists Research

Introduces student to basic research procedures for collecting qualitative data in the social sciences. Students learn skills for participant observation and ethnography, interviewing, content analysis and procedures for qualitative data analysis. Considers the major theories on qualitative research with special attention to feminist approaches, research ethics and project design. Includes introducing students to computer-based qualitative analysis. Prerequisite: 120 and permission. WS, WI

In addition to the requirements above, one of the following concentrations will be completed: History, International Relations, or Political Science. See the "Concentrations" tab to view the requirements for these concentrations.

*Note: For the history concentration, the requirements in Economics (101 or 102) and Sociology (120) may be replaced with two humanities courses for those who seek a humanities-oriented major.

Contact Information

Kay Ackerman
Department Chair
717-264-4141  ext. 3316