The History/Political Science program offers a B.A. degree (36 credit hours) with three concentrations that allow students to specialize in History, Political Science, or Law and Society. Our B.S. degree in History and Political Science Education meshes with the School of Education's B.S. in Secondary Education. The dual History/Political Science program provides students with depth as they explore different ways of thinking and potential careers. The Law and Society program teaches students to be active and aware citizens and provides them with the skills needed for a career in 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 (which requires classes focusing 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 provides the opportunity for students to explore internships in the local community at historical societies, political organizations, and legal offices.
The program also offers minors in History (15 credits), Political Science (15 credits), and Pre-Law (18 credits) and provides 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 skills such 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 Museum, and participates in many other activities on and off campus. These may include local political debates and even exploring and correcting regional historical markers. The History/Political Science Club works with Indiana University Kokomo faculty to organize a regular series of "Forums" on campus that focus on contemporary and historical issues, featuring faculty experts on each topic in an interactive format. Past Forum topics include the Egyptian protests, the Libyan Civil War, Muslims in America, and the 20th anniversary of the Soviet Union's fall. Forums are generally held once or twice each semester.
The overall mission of the History and Political Science program is to offer high quality degree programs to our students. We seek to make educational opportunities available to a diverse student population by offering content-rich and pedagogically solid courses. The department is also dedicated to offering out-of-classroom learning opportunities by encouraging participation in discipline-specific clubs, interdisciplinary programs, meetings of professional organizations, field trips, seminars and conferences/ workshops. We promote academic excellence by encouraging qualified students to take advantage of opportunities afforded by the IU Kokomo Honors program and by offering opportunities to engage in independent study, research projects, and internships. The department helps students to prepare for careers and post-graduate education.
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 and other graduate school programs in areas such as history, public history, political science/government, public administration, and library science.
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