History and Political Science


Five courses in history, two of which must be at the 300 level, and two additional courses in political science. Students fulfilling a humanities focus in the history concentration may substitute two courses in classics, art history, music history, literature, philosophy, or religion studies for Sociology 120 and Economics 101 or 102 (see Course Requirements tab).

Concentration in International Relations

Seven of the following, with two at the 300 level:

ECO 315: Comparative Economic and Political Systems

Study of major international economic and political systems and the role each plays in influencing global economics and politics. Prerequisite: 101 or 102, or PS 110 or 120. NWC

ECO 362: Problems of Developing Countries

A seminar in the economic, political, social and educational problems of developing nations. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. NWC

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

HIS 213: Europe in the Nineteenth Century

Institutions and values from 115 to 1914, with emphasis on the development of liberalism, nationalism and international relations. Prerequisite: 112.

HIS 214: Europe in the Contemporary World

Problems and policies from 1900 to the present, with emphasis on the collapse of the 19th-century international system and the effects of the rise of the United States and Russia as superpowers. Prerequisite: 112.

HIS 270, 370: Topics in History

Courses offered periodically to enhance the curriculum with subjects of special interest. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

PS 203: International Relations

The forces influencing relations of nations. Agencies, organizations, procedures devised to carry on such relations. Prerequisite: 110. NWC

PS 215: Congress and the Presidency

The role of Congress and the president in the policy-making process. Relationships with such external publics as constituents, the bureaucracy, interest groups, media and staff. The extent and limits of each institution’s powers. Case studies involving foreign or domestic policies. Prerequisites: 110 or 120. CC

PS 216: Public Policy

The methods and substance of public policy analysis. Where possible, the policy focus will be interdisciplinary. Possible topics include environmental policy, human reproductive technology and public policy, economic policy and criminal justice policy. Resources in surrounding areas used as appropriate. CC, ETH

PS 221, 321: Women in Global Perspective

The political, economic and social position of women on a cross-national basis. Race, class and cultural barriers to the advancement of women. Topics include women in politics, women in business and economics, and various policies affecting women. WS, NWC

PS 225: Politics in Comparative Perspective

United States political systems examined in relation to other political systems: modern and transitional, eastern and western, democratic and non-democratic. Examination of fundamental political problems: internal and international order, the establishment of authority, resolution of conflict, violence and politics, political socialization and capacity for change. Prerequisite: 110.

PS 270, 370: Topics in Political Science

A course offered as needed to cover topics of interest to students and faculty that are not covered in depth in the regular curriculum.

Concentration in Political Science

Five courses in political science, to include work in American government and international politics, with at least three of the five courses taken at the 300 level. Two additional courses in history.

Contact Information

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