Humanities & Fine Arts | Historical and Political Studies

Historical and Political Studies Major: Overview

McNair Scholars Program

History employs chronology to understand change and continuity, as well as cause and effect, in human communities. Political Science studies the ways people create and use government. Historical and Political Studies prepares students for careers in law, government and education. The program promotes intellectual, social and personal growth in the liberal arts tradition. It is also committed to the civic and moral development of students in the Marianist tradition. The program pays special attention to multi-cultural perspectives of Pacific and Asian communities, as well as those of minority groups within United States.

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The B.A. in Historical and Political Studies with an emphasis in History equips students with the knowledge, research experience, and analytical skills for entry into a wide range of graduate/professorial studies. It also prepares students for successful careers in research, education, law, international affairs, and public service. Historians are employed by universities, museums, archives, government agencies, public affairs organizations, and print/electronic media firms.

Above all, students develop an abiding appreciation for the knowledge of the past, as it is crucial to understanding and working with the challenges and opportunities that confront us today.