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Eric Boyer
School of Business & Social Sciences


History & Political Studies

Make History and Discern Democracy

Filled with fascinating characters and all the elements that make for great entertainment — from drama and romance to war and crime — the history and political studies major prepares you to play your own role in shaping the future through lessons from the past.

Put it in Perspective

Gain a broad understanding of how social, political and cultural forces shape societies, particularly the United States. Develop written and verbal communication skills to teach others about past and contemporary cultures and political systems in creative and critical ways, including scholarly debate and the use of multiple perspectives.

Use historical and archival resources to participate in preservation projects, including the recording of oral histories, alongside faculty and fellow students. Explore your interests through a self-selected internship and your senior Capstone project, and share your work with others in publications and during presentations.

“My professors are my favorite people on campus. They challenge me to think critically and to excel at college, and in life.”

Susan N.T. Sam-Mensah ’18 

Graduate prepared for a career in a variety of areas including law, education, historical research, public service, media and communications, museum and public history, and government and non-government organizations, or pursue graduate study.

Application Information

Considering a Minor?

Combine a minor in political studies with any baccalaureate program to add a rich understanding of historical or political influences to your degree in any area of academic interest. Please see the college catalog for specific requirements.