History-Political Science - BA

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    Breanna Barrera, of Goleta, CA, a 2017 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in history/political science

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    Program Contact: Dr. Helma de Vries-Jordan

    Are you curious about current affairs? Do you follow developments in the United States and the world? Do you want an exciting career that will open you up to world travel and international affairs? Does history fascinate you or make you curious about your own community or heritage? If any of these are true, then our history/political science major may be just for you.

    Our program is a unique program combining American History, World History, American Politics and International Politics.  You cannot understand politics unless you understand the history of culture, economics, environment, ethnicity, conflict and development. Politics and political institutions influence everything we as individuals, families and communities aspire for and the problems we seek to overcome.

    As a history/political science student you will be encouraged to participate in one of the many internship possibilities available in the area - city hall, county legislature, local historical societies and museums, and many civic organizations. You will also be encouraged to look outside the area to Harrisburg or Washington, D.C.

    With your history/political science degree, you'll be prepared for a variety of careers as well as advanced study in either graduate school or law school. The possibilities are endless and exciting. In fact, here's what you can do with a degree in  History-Political Science along with a suggested 4-year plan of study.

    Degree Requirements

    Course Requirements in the Major


    Credits: 12

    Are Requirements in History

    Two of the following courses:

    History electives (three courses, including at least two at the 1300 level or above) - 9 Credits

    Total additional credits in history: 15

    Area Requirements in Political Science

    Seven courses, including at least one course from each of the four sets of courses representing the four areas of study in political science, including at least two at the 1300/1400 level or above:

    American Government and Politics

    Comparative Government and Politics

    International Politics

    Political Theory

    Total additional credits in political science: 21

    Total credits required for the major: 48

    General Education Program Requirements and Requirements-Variable

    (See General Education Program and General Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)

    Please be advised

    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

    Jordan, Helma deVries-

    Dr. Helma de Vries-Jordan


    Director of History and Political Science Program, Associate Professor of Political Science


    217B Swarts Hall

    Robar Stephen

    Dr. Stephen Robar


    Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Political Science


    232 Swarts Hall

    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    • Translator, Airbnb, Seoul, South Korea
    • Analyst, Goldman Sachs in New York City
    • Policy Analyst, McKean County Economic Development
    • Intelligence Analyst, U.S. State Department 
    • President, CompuTech, Inc.
    Graduate School:
    • Michigan State University College of Law
    • University of Maine, Graduate Student- International Environmental Policy
    • Virginia Tech University, Graduate Student - International Affairs
    • American Military University
    • Duquense University, Law School
    • Marymount University
    • University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs