Department of History, Political Science,
and Philosophy

Pearl Buck said, “If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” If you are fascinated by the rise and fall of empires, the events leading to the world wars, and how events of the past relate and are mirrored in modern times, you’ll feel right at home in the Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy at Indiana University Kokomo. When you are a part of this program, you won’t just have your nose in a textbook; this program is interdisciplinary and hands on. 

I couldn’t do any of the things I want to do without my degree. My dream is to be an archivist. I want to be the person to go to when people need to find tidbits of information, or documents. I want to be the person who can put my hands on that and find it. I love books, and I love information.

Julia Person, B.A. ‘17, History and Political Science 

The history/political science program offers a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in History/Political Science and several minors for you to choose from. You can get involved with your peers and faculty by joining the Philosophy Club or the History/Political Science Club; check out our Facebook page to see what we do for fun around here! 

A Lifetime of Success

Military mechanic earns history degree
Julia Person describes herself as “a glorified gas station attendant.” However, that description would only be apt if your average gas station could fly at a speed of 530 miles per hour at 30,000 feet above the earth, and carry up to 322,000 pounds of fuel. As a crew chief for the U.S. Air Force Reserves, Julia is responsible for maintaining a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.
Medieval studies to graduate program
When Tucker Million began his search for the right graduate program; he knew he wanted to follow in the footsteps of a professor who influenced him while he earned his undergraduate degree. Million, who graduates from Indiana University Kokomo in May, earned a full tuition grant valued at approximately $40,000 per year, for the Ph.D. program in medieval history at University of Rochester.
Philosophy students teach thinking skills
More than half of the children in Debbie Newby’s class think spiders are beautiful. The rest of the third-graders think spiders most definitely are not beautiful — not in the least. During a conversation led by students in an Indiana University Kokomo philosophy class, “Team Spider” talked about the colors, patterns, and function of the arachnids, all of which contribute to their beauty. “Team No Spider” shuddered as they brought up the sticky webs, the long legs, the potential to bite, and the general creepiness of spiders. Could both sides be right?
Student researches IU's history for Bicentennial
As Indiana University prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary, one IU Kokomo student’s research is bringing some of its historical figures to light. Delving into the archives, Hannah Bourne has read journals, scholarly writings, holiday cards, and program books from campus events nearly 100 years ago, details that helped her share the stories of those who have been part of IU’s story.