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History and Political Science Degree Programs

  • Middle East Forum- October 2011
  • Celebration at Center Court
  • Egypt and Democracy Forum- Andrew McFarland lead the discussion.
  • Egypt and Democracy Forum- Students contributing.
  • Kasem Kasem explaining Egyptian Culture
  • Professor Sarah Heath speaks with Chancellor Harris at the Fall Convocation-2011

The History/Political Science program offers a B.A. degree (36 credit hours) with three possible concentrations that allow students to specialize in either History, Political Science, or Law and Society, and hopes to add a B.S. degree in History and Political Science Education to mesh with the School of Education's B.S. in Secondary Education soon. The dual History/Political Science programs gives students breadth and depth in both areas and beyond them  as they explore different ways of thinking and potential careers. The Law and Society program is intended to teach students to be active and aware citizens and provide them with the skills needed for a career in the law.  It divides the student's major classes into History/Political Science Foundation (so that they understand United States and international history and politics), Humanities Foundation (that require classes which focus on communication, writing, and logic skills), and Law Specific (in which students take classes focused directly on legal issues in fields including Sociology, Criminal Justice, Labor Studies, and Business).  All three programs include a required senior seminar in which students are expected to produce a significant piece of research and provide the opportunity for students to explore internships in the local community at historical societies, political organizations, and legal offices.

The program also offer minors in History (15 credits), Political Science (15 credits), and Pre-Law (18 credits) and provide Pre-Law advising for the Indiana University Kokomo campus. By fusing the complementary disciplines of history and political science, this degree program seeks to foster an understanding and appreciation of local, national and international historical and contemporary events and issues, and to develop such skills as interpretative analysis, critical thinking, writing and research.   

The History/Political Science program also supports an active History/Political Science Club. The club runs its own Facebook page, organizes trips to regional museums, like Grissom Air Force Base, and participates in many other activities on and off campus, such as Turabian nights to help students learn proper citation formats for papers, local political debates, and even exploring and correcting regional historical markers. In conjunction with our faculty, the club also helps organize a regular series of "Forums" on campus that focus on contemporary and historical issues, feature faculty experts on each topic, and an interactive format in which students are expected to ask questions, voice opinions, and contribute their own experiences. These events have focused on topics including the Egyptian protests, the Libyan Civil War, Muslims in American, and the 20th anniversary of the Soviet Union's fall and we generally hold one to two forums each semester.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program will be prepared for a broad array of employment opportunities including government service, public administration, public history, museum work, politics and public service, business, journalism, law enforcement, and non-profit organizations.In addition,graduates are prepared for law school as well as graduate school programs in areas such as history, public history, political science/government, public administration, and library science.

For more information

For more information contact the Arts & Sciences Advising Center 765-455-9258 or cibarnes@iuk.edu or klkeener@iuk.edu

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