History and political studies (HPS) is an interdisciplinary major that prepares students for a variety of careers in such areas as law, secondary education, college and university teaching and research, public service, non-government organizations, museum and public history and journalism. Required courses in the history and political studies major will help students hone their written and verbal communication skills while they gain a broad understanding of how social, political and cultural forces shape past and present societies. The major is designed to encourage students to explore individual interests in history or political studies as well as regional or thematic interests.
Students in the history and political studies major will:
- Acquire a broad understanding of the world that encompasses the historical and/or political experience of the peoples of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and particularly the United States.
- Understand the processes of historical, social, political and cultural development.
- Be able to think about and discuss historical and political themes in a creative and critical manner.
- Be able to write, communicate and teach others about past and contemporary cultures and political systems.
- Be able to appreciate the value of scholarly debate and use multiple-perspectives in the study of past and present societies.