History/Political Science & History/Political Science/Pre-Law

Bachelor of Arts - BA

  • Career in governemnt settings or graduate studies
  • Perfect for students preparing for career in law
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The program provides a liberal arts and social science foundation to enable a student to develop a broad cultural background; habits of thoroughness, intellectual curiosity and scholarship; the ability to organize materials and communicate the results; and verbal skills.

The History/Political Science major consists of 24 credits in history and 21 credits in political science courses, 9 credits in social science subjects, and 9 credits of open electives. Through the option of the 9 credits of open electives the student may seek a minor in a related or complimentary area such as art, communications or public administration. The History/Political Science Pre Law major consists of 24 credits in history, 21 credits in political science, 9 credits in legal studies courses and 9 credits in social science subjects.

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The History/Political Science major is designed for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in history and/or political science and for students interested in government work with either the federal or state governments and agencies affiliated with these areas. The History/Political Science/Pre-Law major is designed for students preparing for a career in law as an attorney and include courses in legal research and legal writing.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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History/Political Science

The student who majors in History/Political Science will:

  1. acquire a working knowledge of the history and political systems of the major world areas and of the major historical and political interpretations regarding those areas;
  2. engage in the modes of inquiry of history and political science and pursue purposeful, honest, and effective research in the fields of history and political science;
  3. participate effectively in discussion of historical and political issues, exercising respect and critical thinking in analyzing opinions and tentativeness in formulating opinions and conclusions;
  4. analyze the cultural characteristics and accomplishments of diverse national, ethnic, and religious groups, recognizing and appraising the values implicit in their specific orientations;
  5. analyze the impacts of economic and social forces on political and historical development of nations and world areas and on the global community;
  6. relate historical and political knowledge to current affairs, responding to the challenges of contemporary society with well-informed effectiveness;
  7. identify the influence of human emotions upon historical development and demonstrate empathy with the common aspirations of members of the human community.


History/Political Science (66 credits)


30 credits (10 courses) in History

A. Core (24 credits):

HIST 100 Roots of the Modern World 3
HIST 101 Global History of the Twentieth Century
3
HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World
3
HIST 252 United States History to 1865
3
HIST 253 United States History since 1865
3
HIST XXX Global history 100/200 level
3
HIST 460A Seminar I
3
HIST 460B Seminar II 3

B. History Electives (6 credits):

At least 6 credits (2 courses) at 300/400 level, choosing from two of the following areas: American European, or Developing World.

Twenty-one credits (7 courses) in Political Science

PS 210 American Government and Politics 3
PS 211 State and Local Government 3
PS 314A American Political Thought I 3
PS 314B American Political Thought II 3
PS 315 Constitutional Law I 3
PS 316 Constitutional Law II 3
PS 321 Voting, Elections, and Political Parties 3
PS 325 The American Presidency 3
PS 327 The United States and Contemporary Geopolitics 3
PS 400 Comparative Governments 3
PS 410 Special Topics in Government and Politics 3
PS 425 Seminar 3
PS 499 Independent Study 3

C. Six credits (2 courses) in Social Sciences

ECON 100 Basic Economics
3
SOC 211 Introduction to Sociology
3

(or another Sociology course)

D. Nine credits (3 courses) in Electives, from Social Sciences Departmental offerrings.

Pre-Law Option


A Pre-Law Option is available to students majoring in History/Political Science/ Pre-Law. Students should take the following two courses (6 credits). These courses are counted under the nine credits in electives, leaving the Pre-Law student one open elective to complete this area.:

A. Two courses (6 credits) in Pre-Law Options

PL 200 Introduction to Law
3
PL 210 Legal Reasoning
3

A copy of the complete curriculum is available upon request from the Social Sciences Department.

Retention in the program is based on the student’s maintaining an overall minimum QPA of 2.00, as well as a QPA of 2.33 in the concentration area.

The John R. Lenahan, Sr. Esq. Scholarship Award for excellence in Pre-Law studies is awarded to a student who is either enrolled in the History/Political Science Pre-Law major of the Social Sciences Department or pursuing another University major and completing the Pre-Law option offered by the Department of Social Sciences with the intent of pursuing a career in law. The scholarship is awarded in either the fall or spring semester of the senior year at Marywood University.