History, Politics and Society
Slaven (chair), Blumberg, Confer, Crawford, Edmonds, Heim, Kuba, Larsen, Madden, McClintock, Nass, Smith, Sweitzer, Tuennerman
History and political science are closely related disciplines that use the past to understand the present and the future. Our program mission is to encourage literate critical thinking by students, who work with faculty engaged in diverse, broadly based scholarships. History and Political Science faculty strive to mentor and develop students as they build character and careers. We are also proud to house international studies and women's studies, both programs which encourage diversity and a stronger understanding of social issues.
History and Political Science
The department offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in both history and political science, as well as minors in history, political science and pre-law. The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science also offers a concentration in pre-law. The history major is general in nature, providing students with the opportunity to select areas of topical interest. 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. International studies, which is housed in our department, offers a degree with concentrations in several fields, while women's studies offers a minor.
In addition to the B.A. in sociology and minor in sociology, the department, in conjunction with the College of Education and Human Services, provides a teacher certification program for those interested in teaching the social sciences in secondary schools. The department also works with the women's studies program and offers a selection of courses on gender issues in social institutions and social movements.
The applied concentration within the sociology major is oriented toward preparing students for research positions in applied settings. Students are trained to:
- Use sociological concepts, theories, skills and research methods to understand social and organizational problems;
- Apply these tools to concrete, real-world, practical problems faced by organizations and communities at all levels; and
- Provide organization leaders with practical solutions to these problems.
History students who meet the academic requirements are eligible for membership in Phi Alpha Theta, National Honor Society in History.
Political science students who meet the academic requirements are eligible for membership in Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Society.
Anthropology majors are eligible for membership in the Gamma Chapter of Lambda Alpha, the National Anthropology Honor Society.
Students in the sociology program are eligible for membership in Pi Gamma Mu, the social science honor society, and Alpha Kappa Delta, the honor society for sociology.
Teacher, archivist and museum curator are professions directly related to the history major. Careers in law, religion, foreign service, both corporate and government, and diplomacy have a great reliance on historical knowledge. In addition, history majors are employed in the marketing field, the communications industry and the insurance industry.
Students may choose to concentrate in a major field of study in political science: pre-law, campaign management or public policy. A degree in any of these concentrations prepares the student for a variety of careers in the public and private sectors. Students may be employed in national, state and local government agencies; international government and public agencies; fields such as criminal justice, environmental protection, consumer affairs or urban planning; political consulting and research firms; nonprofit organizations and citizen action groups; and public policy analysis.
Anthropology graduates can pursue numerous careers. Those students taking the forensic anthropology concentration work with coroners' and medical examiners' offices, as well as state, federal and international law enforcement agencies. Students specializing in archaeology may work as archaeological excavation crew members, cultural resource management specialists, environmental impact reviewers, and museum curators and researchers. Students may also pursue careers in the Foreign Service as well as undertaking graduate study.
Students with an undergraduate
degree in sociology find work in a variety of social settings. Material
published by the American Sociological Association indicates that
sociologists pursue careers in teaching and research in universities,
federal, state and local government, corporations, and small business
and nonprofit organizations.
Sociology graduates may work in diverse applied settings such as industry, government, higher education and voluntary associations, or as solo practitioners/consultants. Examples of applied sociological work in these settings include:
- Evaluating the effectiveness of various educational policies/programs;
- Investigating the social norms promoting or inhibiting the spread of AIDS;
- Evaluating and assessing the effectiveness of various criminal justice programs;
- Analyzing employment records for evidence of discrimination; and
- Planning medical services and facilities for a target population.