Jul 22, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

History/Political Science - Political Science Concentration B.A.

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Historic and civic literacy are critical cornerstones to building sustainable communities in the 21st century. The interdisciplinary History- Political Science major provides the foundation for future leaders in education, law, business, the nonprofit sector, public service, journalism, public policy, and government to successfully connect and apply understandings between historical and political forces that shape our world and polity.   Interdisciplinary study across four thematic areas (Ancient History, Medieval-Early Modern History, US History and Politics, Modern History and Politics) is balanced with targeted expertise as students choose either a History or Political Science concentration as best suited for their career goals and interests.   The major also prioritizes internships, along with improving students’ writing, oral communication, and analytical skills.  Additionally, this degree program requires two semesters of the same foreign language.

Note: Concentration must be declared by junior year for four-year SJC students.  Transfer students must declare concentration upon entrance to SJC.


Completing the History-Political Science program provides student with

Historical Literacy: Fostering an appreciation and broad understanding of the past by examining relevant historical information from primary and secondary sources.

Civic Literacy: Fostering informed citizenship through the study of international relations, American politics, comparative politics, and political theory.

Analytical Reasoning: Effectively applying methods of analysis, synthesis, and selection to diverse bodies of historical and political information.

Theoretical and Methodological Competency: Constructively employing historiographical models, paradigms, quantitative and qualitative theories, and techniques.

Professional Formation and Communication: Developing professional readiness, including the effective oral and written communication of knowledge and analyses.


Courses required for the History/Political Science- Political Science Concentration


Course marked with an asterisk * cannot be applied to more than one major requirement.

HPS 390 History/Political Science Special Topics or HPS 393 History/Political Science Independent Study can be applied to any of the four content areas as applicable.

Two semesters of the same foreign language are required.


Core Curriculum:

In addition, all students must fulfill the college’s core curriculum  requirements and meet the 120 credit graduation requirement.  The First Year Experience (FYE) Seminar  is a requirement for all first-year students.

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