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History and Political Science

Do you have a passion for the past, or want to help shape the future? A degree in History and Political Science can give you the opportunity to work in museums, law enforcement agencies or the political arena. Connect with the department of History and Political Science today to begin your journey.

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  • Department Highlights

    • Internship opportunities from Harrisburg, PA to Washington, DC. and beyond
    • Study abroad opportunities built around your interests and passions
    • Student research, service learning and individualized study opportunities
    • Full-time Ph.D. faculty providing personal attention and professional curricular and career advising from summer orientation through graduation
    • The flexibility to choose a second major or minors from other disciplines
    • A Pre-Law Concentration is available with any major

    Student Opportunities

    • History
    • Political Science
    • International Studies
    • Pre-Law
    • Public Administration/Govt. Service
    History

    Majors

    • History (B.A.) - Download Paradigm
      • Our curriculum enables you to develop a strong foundation in historical issues and methods while building skills that will help you excel in any postgraduate endeavor.
    • Pre-Law Concentration (B.A. in History)                                               
      • The history program provides a strong background for graduate study in many fields, including law. Although you can choose many paths to law school, this concentration is particularly suited to help you focus on law school preparation.
    • Secondary Education, Social Studies Certification (B.A. in History)- Download Paradigm
      • If you would like to focus on history as a secondary-school teacher, this focus can help you prepare to earn your Pennsylvania teaching certificate while exploring your interest in history.
    • American Studies (B.A.) - Download Paradigm
      • This interdisciplinary perspective allows students to pursue a variety of options, including graduate studies in History, Literature, Politics, or related fields; law school or similar pursuits; and careers in sectors including government, private, and non-profit.

    Minor

    • History, Minor
    • American Studies, Minor  

    History Learning Objectives

    Political Science

    Majors

    • Political Science (B.A.) - Download Paradigm
      • Our curriculum will enrich your interests and skills in politics help you develop a deeper and fuller understanding of political processes, and provide you with a solid conceptual foundation that can be built upon in your later lives as citizens.
    • Pre-Law Concentration (B.A. in Political Science)
      • This curriculum integrates courses in philosophy, business, and history with political science, and is a great option for students pursuing a law school degree or graduate studies in the legal field, including paralegal studies.
    • American Studies (B.A.)
      • This interdisciplinary perspective allows students to pursue a variety of options, including graduate studies in History, Literature, Politics, or related fields; law school or similar pursuits; and careers in sectors including government, private, and non-profit.

    Minor

    • Political Science, Minor   
    • American Studies, Minor

    Political Science Learning Objectives

     

    International Studies

    Major

    • International Studies (B.A.) - Download Paradigm
      • The major addresses political, social, cultural and economic issues in their global and 
        historical context, employing a multi-disciplinary approach, emphasizing core courses in 
        political science, history and world languages. The program requires that students 
        choose a minor or second major in another discipline to develop an additional skill- 
        based or knowledge-based specialization according to the student’s specific career 
        interests. 

    Concentration

    • Pre-Law Concentration (B.A. in International Studies)
      • This curriculum integrates courses in philosophy, business, and history with political science, and is a great option for students pursuing a law school degree or graduate studies in the legal field.

    International Studies Learning Objectives

     

    Pre-Law

    Concentration

    Pre-Law Studies Concentration, B.A 

    • The Pre-Law concentration is available as a concentration to students majoring in Political Science, Public Administration/Government Service, History, and other subject areas who are interested in attending law school. While this concentration is not mandatory for students preparing for a legal career, it does provide a unique preparation for law school. Enrolling in the Pre-Law Concentration ensures that interested students will receive appropriate advising as they prepare for a career in the legal profession.

    Pre-Law Learning Objectives

    Public Administration/Govt. Service

    Major

    • Public Administration/Government Service (B.A. or B.S.) - Download Paradigm
      • The multi-disciplinary major will help you acquire analytical skills and the ability to communicate clearly. Training is provided in problem solving, statistics, and research. Additional collateral courses in management, accounting, finance, social science and the humanities are included.

    Minor

    Public Administration/Government Service

    Public Administration/Goverment Service Learning Objectives