Department of History
and Political Science
Greetings, and welcome to the Department of History and Political Science. On behalf of the faculty of the department, I am grateful for your interest in what we do.
Students majoring in history or political science learn to analyze evidence and draw objective conclusions. While history is the study and interpretation of past events, and political science is the study of how power is obtained and utilized, both of these disciplines also teach larger lessons. The research and analytical skills learned in history and political science courses are applicable in nearly every field of professional endeavor.
The largest job market for history majors is in the field of education, but it is far from the only one. Many who major in history or political science also find careers in the electronic and print media, politics, government service, non-profit organizations, and lobbying, among other areas. Traditionally, history majors have also been employed in historical site interpretation, research, historic preservation, or archival and museum work. In addition to developing an understanding of history, a history degree builds and enhances required academic skills for successful completion of graduate study or law school, making the traditional history track a preferred pre-law major.
The Department of History and Political Science offers Bachelor’s and Associate degrees in history, baccalaureate minors in U.S. History, World History, Political Science, and Sustainability Policy Studies, and the Associate degree in Political Science. We invite all students to stop by the department office and learn more!
Matthew Zimmerman, Ph.D.