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The Department of History, Political Science and Religious Studies

The mission of the Department of History/Political Science (HISPSC), paralleling the University’s mission, is to provide the academic foundation by which students can qualify for and achieve the credentials necessary for entrance into the professions (e. g. primary and secondary education; higher education; law; public administration/public policy; the ministry; the media; etc.). By establishing the foundations upon which its majors pursue the credentials of advanced education, the department also assists the students eventually to become more productive adults and leaders in: their immediate localities; in African-American communities;in the Nation; and even in the International arena,especially as they make the transition from the post-industrial society to the technological society of the new millennium.

Mission 

The mission of the Department of History/Political Science (HISPSC), paralleling the University’s mission, is to provide the academic foundation by which students can qualify for and achieve the credentials necessary for entrance into the professions (e. g. primary and secondary education; higher education; law; public administration/public policy; the ministry; the media; etc.). By establishing the foundations upon which its majors pursue the credentials of advanced education, the department also assists the students eventually to become more productive adults and leaders in: their immediate localities; in African-American communities; in the Nation; and even in the International arena, especially as they make the transition from the post-industrial society to the technological society of the new millennium

Program Goals/Objectives 

The primary goal of the Department of History/Political Science is to prepare students to enter graduate programs to earn Masters and Doctoral degrees in the professions, e. g. education; history, political science; public administration/public policy; theology; journalism; and the law.

The Department expects that students who graduate with a major in History/Political Science or a major in History/Social Science – Education will have developed the skills and competencies to readily compete for the graduate program of their choice. The second goal of the Department is to assure that students who seek employment after graduation will have developed the skills which would make them competitive with other college graduates who seek entry both into the private, and the public sectors.

Alternately stated, the department expects its graduates to demonstrate mastery in those requisite skills and competencies for graduate education and work place performance, namely: knowledge of the content areas; communication and formal reasoning skills; and research methods.

Majors & Minors

MAJORS

  • History/Political Science: B.A. 
  • History/Social Science – Education: B.A.
  • Religious Studies

MINORS

  • History 
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Legal Studies

History/Political Science Major 

Outlined Program of Study 
Requirements 
(B. A. Degree, 120 hours) 
General Education 49 hours 
Required History/Political Science Courses 48 hours

HIS 146 World Civilizations II  3 
HIS 200 History Research Methods: 3 hours 
HIS 201 U.S. History I: 3 hours 
HIS 202 U.S. History II: 3 hours
HIS 226 African-American History II: 3 hours 
European History: 6 hours 
Advanced American History: 3 hours 
PSC 200 Research Methods: 3 hours
PSC 210 Political Theory: 3 hours
PAD 320 Public Administration or PSC 340 Comparative Politics: 3 hours
PSC 350 International Relations: 3 hours
Restricted HIS/PSC Electives: 12 hours
Related Courses: 11 hours 
GEO 203 World Regional Geography: 3 hours
Geography Elective: 3 hours
SPH 217: 2 hours
Free Electives: 15 hours 
Total Hours Required For Degree: 120 hours

History/Social Science-Education Major 

Outlined Program of Study 
Requirements 
(B. A. Degree, 122 hours) 
General Education: 49 hours 
Required Core Courses: 36 hours 

HIS 146 World Civilizations II: 3 hours 
HIS 201 U.S. History I: 3 hours 
HIS 202 U.S. History II: 3 hours
HIS 226 African-American History II: 3 hours
European History: 6 hours
History Restricted Elective : 3 hours
Social Science Restricted Elective: 3  hours
PSC 230 Introduction to American Government: 3 hours 
Geography: 9 hours 
Economics: 3 hours
PSY 306 Psycho-Educational Measurement and Evaluation: 3 hours
Education Professional Requirements: 30 hours 
(See: School of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies – Content Area Majors: Secondary Education 6-12).

Minor in Political Science 

15 hours 
The minor consists of 15 credits of coursework. 
PAD 320 Intro. to Public Administration and Public Policy: 3 hours
PSC 230 American Government: 3 hours
(Prerequisite – 3 hours)
PSC 200 Research Methods: 3 hours 
PSC 210 Intro. to Political Theory: 3 hours
PSC 340 Intro. to Comparative Politics or 
PSC 350 Intro. to International Relations: 3 hours

History Minor

15 hours 
Option 1: Any four classes out of the following and one class of 300-400 level History courses
Option 2: Any three classes out of the following and two classes of 300-400 level History courses

Courses for History minors: 
HIS 145 World Civilizations I: 3 hours 
HIS 146 World Civilizations II: 3 hours
HIS 200 History Research methods: 3 hours 
HIS 201 American History I: 3 hours 
HIS 202 American History II: 3 hours
HIS 225 African-American History I: 3 hours
HIS 226 African-American History II: 3 hours

Religious Studies Major 

Requirements (B. A. Degree, 121hours)

General Education 48-50 hours

(A grade of C or better is required in all English, History, Math, and Science)

Required Core Courses 73 hours

PHI 211 Logic 3
PHI 212 History of Philosophy
PHI 213 History and Survey of Modern Philosophy
PHI 314 American Philosophies
PHI 316 Contemporary Philosophy
PHI 430 Philosophy of Religion
REL 201 Introduction to Religion
REL 224 Religious Cults and Sects in the U.S.
REL 235 Black Religion
REL 311 Old Testament Literature A and B
REL 312 New Testament Literature A and B
REL 316 Biblical Ethics
REL 366 Sociology of Religion
REL 417 Theological Communication
REL 420 Survey in Christian Thought
REL 421 Womanist Religious Thought
REL 463 Contemporary Trends in Theology A and B
REL 490 01 Culture/Anthropology of Women in Biblical Times
REL 490 02 Directed Field Work 4

Religious Studies Minor (15 hours)

REL 311 Old Testament Literature 3
REL 312 New Testament Literature 3
REL 316 Biblical Ethics 3
REL 417 Theological Communication 3
REL 463 Contemporary Trends in Theology 3