Department of History and Political Science

 

WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE AT CAL U!

"The Past is Prologue"

William Shakespeare 

 

The Department of History and Political Science is responsible for programs at the undergraduate level. History and political science are closely related disciplines that use the past to understand the present and the future.

The department's mission is to encourage literate, critical thinking by students who work with faculty engaged in diverse, broadly-based scholarships. History and Political Science faculty members strive to mentor and develop students as they build character and careers.

 

HISTORY

 

History is the study of human change over time; moreover, history uses the past to understand the present and the future.

Recognizing that human experience is continuous, historians seek to understand how people lived in the past and how their actions, societies, and leadership shaped their world and our own.

As a scholarly discipline, history fosters students' abilities to read critically, think analytically, communicate ideas effectively, and to examine human problems in light of ethical values.

Our history program encourages literate, critical thinking by students who work with faculty engaged in diverse, broadly based scholarship. As such, a student majoring in history, you will learn the basic components of traditional and contemporary theories, philosophies and ideologies as well as the functions and roles of major governmental, quasi-governmental and non-governmental institutions in different political systems and societies across time and space.

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE

As a political science major at California University of Pennsylvania, you’ll learn to break down power relations to uncover the behaviors, practices and rules of the game whose victors designate who gets what, when and how. You will study the full spectrum of power to understand the behavior that leads to political gains as well as the barriers that prohibit access to political power.

The mission of the Political Science program is to encourage literate, critical thinking by students, who work with faculty engaged in diverse, broadly based scholarships. The faculty strives to mentor and develop students as they build character and careers.

Political science is a highly prescribed discipline. It limits its interests to the political aspects of human behavior, both national and international, including the study of power and organizations.

Students can take a wide range of courses in the major subfields:  American Politics, Public Policy, Public Administration, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory.   Political Science faculty are published in areas, such as parties and elections, constitutional law, political theory, and area studies.  

We the People

Honor Society

Students who meet the academic requirements are eligible for membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in history, or Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honorary political science society.

Location

Department of History and Political Science

Manderino Library

Room 440

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