History-Political Science - BA

Program Contact: Dr. Helma de Vries-Jordan

Are you curious about current affairs? Do you follow developments in the United States and the world? Do you want an exciting career that will open you up to world travel and international affairs? Does history fascinate you or make you curious about your own community or heritage? If any of these are true, then our history/political science major may be just for you.

Our program is a unique program combining American History, World History, American Politics and International Politics.  You cannot understand politics unless you understand the history of culture, economics, environment, ethnicity, conflict and development. Politics and political institutions influence everything we as individuals, families and communities aspire for and the problems we seek to overcome.

As a history/political science student you will be encouraged to participate in one of the many internship possibilities available in the area – city hall, county legislature, local historical societies and museums, and many civic organizations. You will also be encouraged to look outside the area to Harrisburg or Washington, D.C.

With your history/political science degree, you’ll be prepared for a variety of careers as well as advanced study in either graduate school or law school. The possibilities are endless and exciting. In fact, here's what you can do with a degree in History-Political Science along with a suggested 4-year plan of study.

Course Requirements in the Major

Select Two Courses

Three Elective History Courses  (see our catalogue for further courses):

Course Requirements in Political Science:

A total of seven courses are required. Students must select one course from each of the content areas below, and then three additional political science electives.

 American Government and Politics Area

Comparative Governments and Politics Area

International Politics Area

Political Theory Area

Total Credits for Major: 45

Additional Information:


Frederick Richard


Professor of History



217A Swarts Hall

Robar Stephen


Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Political Science



232 Swarts Hall

Thomas Marvin


Professor of History



217C Swarts Hall

Jordan, Helma deVries-

de Vries-Jordan,Helma

Director of History and Political Science Program, Assistant Professor of Political Science



217B Swarts Hall