History and Political Science

History and Political Science Programs

History Major

The history (HIST) major is a 36 credit-hour program that provides a general grounding in the historical discipline for students seeking a liberal education. The major provides excellent preparation for students planning careers in law, government service and journalism. History students also find career opportunities in museums, libraries, archives, tourism and travel, historical preservation, business research and marketing.

History Education Major

The history education (HIST ED) major is a 48 credit-hour program designed for students who wish to become history and social science teachers in Illinois public high schools. As well as providing a strong foundation of historical knowledge, this major focuses on concepts from related social science disciplines required for certification under the Illinois Content Area Standards for Educators. Prospective high school history teachers may also wish to consider the social sciences education (SOCSC) major.

Political Science Major

The study of political science is vital to a liberal arts education. Through a critical encounter with political structures and processes, we learn to think critically, to develop and evaluate arguments and to remain open to new ideas. Through reflection on significant events, ideas, movements and passions that have shaped the political world, we come to understand better our own values, to refine our beliefs. The political science program offers students a well-rounded undergraduate education within the discipline. Courses are offered in all the major sub fields of the discipline: U.S. government, international relations, comparative politics and political philosophy. Students are also encouraged to consider internship opportunities sponsored by the department.

International Studies Major

This major is intended to foster a specifically international orientation. It is primarily designed to acquaint students with the history, culture, institutions and political process in countries and regions outside of the United States. The program is organized to provide a foundation for understanding global issues within an international context and to enable students to concentrate in a region of particular interest. The major includes three components: an international studies core of general requirements, an international studies context drawn from the humanities and social sciences, and a regional area focus. In addition, the major requires students to demonstrate competence in a foreign language. The major is particularly useful for students who plan to live abroad or who seek careers in business, government, teaching and journalism. Majors are encouraged to consider study abroad programs; department faculty will assist students in planning such experiences. Program Requirements Course Descriptions.

Social Science Education Major

Students in the social sciences education major who choose not to complete the requirements of the secondary education program may continue in the major and graduate without penalty. Such students will receive the B.A. in social sciences rather than social sciences education and will not be eligible for Illinois secondary certification.

History Minor

Students must complete 18 credit-hours in history including HIST 101 and 102 (World History) and four additional history courses. Students should consult with a department faculty member when considering a minor.

Political Science Minor

Students must complete 18 credit-hours in political science including: POLSC 101, POLSC 102, one course in political theory and three additional political science courses Students should consult with a department faculty member when considering a minor.

International Studies Minor

Students must complete 18 credit-hours including:

  1. ANTH 101: Cultural Anthropology 
  2. POLSC 102: World Politics
  3. SOCSCI 101: World Geography 
  4. One course from the major requirements section of the International Studies Major
  5. Two courses from one of the area concentrations listed under the International Studies Major

Students should consult with a department faculty member when considering a minor.

Public Administration Minor

Students must complete 18 credit-hours as follows:

  1. Required Courses: (12 credit-hours)
    • POLSC 101: United States Government
    • POLSC 208: Public Administration
    • POLSC 301: Public Policy Analysis
    • BUS 200: Principles of Economics-Macro
  2. Elective Courses: (6 credit-hours) 
    Two courses from the following
    • COMM 209: Small Group Communication
    • COMM 235: Organizational Communication I
    • COMM 244: Introduction to Public Relations
    • COMM 335: Organizational Communication II (pre-requisite is COMM 235)
    • COMM 337: Leadership Communication
    • Additional courses may meet requirements of the minor when approved by the Department

Students should consult with a department faculty member when considering a minor.