Department of History and Political Thought

Chair: Dr. Adam Francisco

The History and Political Thought department endeavors to equip students to “see life steadily and see it whole.” The courses required for both the major and minors look at the human experience over the course of the ages. They are approached from the liberal arts tradition of learning for the sake of learning and cover a broad range of topics. Students can expect a rigorous approach to learning through reading, research, and writing. The result for graduates in this program will be a mind that is not only well filled but also well trained.

History and Political Thought Program Learning Outcomes

Empirical Inquiry

  • Explain and conduct empirical research to study human experience and behavior, both past and present.
  • Utilize primary and secondary sources to demonstrate knowledge of past and present cultures of the world and issues affecting the global community.

Theoretical Cognizance

  • Examine major concepts, models and theories to interpret human experience within the context of historical, political, sociocultural and economic life.

Articulate Expression

  • Conceptualize and articulate important elements of selected disciplines within the social sciences through persuasive written and oral communication.

Historical and Existential Awareness

  • Gain an appreciation and understanding of the social sciences by which students recognize that “while we do not live in the past, the past lives in us.”

Cultural Understanding

  • Recognize and explain that documents and artifacts are art forms that record cultural change and serve as a moralizing influence.

Artistic Appreciation

  • Develop an appreciation of the fine arts through an interdisciplinary approach to the social sciences.

Christian/Western Worldview

  • Critique the role of the Christian church in molding western thought and law, as well as instances when other regional world-views were adopted, embraced or discarded by the church.

Historical and Existential Awareness

  • Apply examples from the social sciences of heroic actions, humility and grace.

Undergraduate Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree

History and Political Thought

History and Political Thought

Core
HST 226United States History3
HST 332Ancient Greece and Rome3
HST 334Medieval History3
HST 336The Renaissance and the Reformation3
POL 321Political Thought I: Ancient to Early Modern3
or POL 322 Political Thought II: The Enlightenment
Language requirement:
LAT 101Fundamentals of Latin I *4
LAT 102Fundamentals of Latin II *4
Additional Courses
Choose 5 of the following courses:15
A History of Popular Culture3
Modern European History3
Early Modern England3
History of Propaganda and Persuasion3
Islamic Civilization3
Mythology, Theology and Philosophy3
The U.S. Constitution3
The Courts and the Constitution3
Contemporary Global Issues3
Contemporary Global Issues3
Women’s History3
Great Cities3
The Enlightenment3
History of California3
Advanced Topics in Social History3
International Relations3
Religion and Politics in America3
Internship: Political Thought3
Total Units38
*

With approval from the department chair and dean of the school, a world language other than Latin may be substituted.

Undergraduate Minors

American Studies

History

Law and Politics

Political Thought

American Studies Minor

HST 226United States History3
HST 321A History of Popular Culture3
POL 413Religion and Politics in America3
SOC 316Ethnic and Minority Relations3
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
American Literature I3
American Literature II3
Major American Writers3
The U.S. Constitution3
Total Units18

History Minor

Choose 6 of the following courses:18
United States History3
A History of Popular Culture3
Ancient Greece and Rome3
Medieval History3
The Renaissance and the Reformation3
Modern European History3
Early Modern England3
History of Propaganda and Persuasion3
Islamic Civilization3
Mythology, Theology and Philosophy3
Women’s History3
The Enlightenment3
Advanced Topics in Social History3
The U.S. Constitution3
Total Units18

Law and Politics Minor

The Minor in Law and Politics is an interdisciplinary program designed to help equip students for graduate study in law, as well as for careers in law, politics, political consulting, political reporting and commentary, and allied disciplines. The program covers a variety of necessary practical and theoretical fields in order to maximize student preparedness.

HST/POL 412The U.S. Constitution3
ECO 201Macroeconomics3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Political Thought I: Ancient to Early Modern3
Political Thought II: The Enlightenment3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Islamic Civilization3
International Relations3
Religion and Politics in America3
The Courts and the Constitution3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Christians and Ethics3
Philosophical Ethics3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Introduction to Argumentation and Debate3
Persuasion and Attitude3
Theory and Practice of Interviewing3
Total Units18

Political Thought Minor

HST/POL 412The U.S. Constitution3
HST/POL 414The Courts and the Constitution3
POL 304International Relations3
POL 321Political Thought I: Ancient to Early Modern3
POL 322Political Thought II: The Enlightenment3
POL 413Religion and Politics in America3
Total Units18