B.A. in History and Political Science

The history and political science major offers a broad background of world history, particularly as it relates to the study of political systems. In these disciplines, biblical interpretations of history and biblical bases for civil government are emphasized.


Suggested Four-Year Curriculum for a Major in History and Political Science

Course Number Course Name Course Hours
BEGE-1720 Spiritual Formation 3
COM-1100 Fundamentals of Speech 3
ENG-1400 Composition 3
GSS-1100 Politics and American Culture 3
HIST-1110 United States History I 3
HIST-1120 United States History II 3
HUM-1400 Introduction to the Humanities 3
PEF-1990 Physical Activity and the Christian Life 2
Biological Science Elective 3.5
Quantitative Elective 3
Physical Science Elective 3.5
Total 33
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
BEGE-2730 Old Testament Literature 3
BEGE-2740 New Testament Literature 3
HIST-2010 History of Civilization I 3
HIST-2020 History of Civilization II 3
POLS-2000 Introduction to Political Science 3
POLS-3610 Presidency OR 3
POLS-3630 Congress 3
Concentration Requirements 3
Humanities Elective 3
LIT-2XXX Literature Elective 3
Electives 6
Total 33
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
BEGE-3755 Theology I 3
BEGE-3765 Theology II 3
POLS-3600 Public Administration 3
POLS-3650 International Relations 3
Concentration Requirements 3
Non-Western History Elective 3
Electives 13
Total 31
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
HIST-3110 Early American History OR 3
HIST-3120 History of Recent/Contemporary America 3
HIST-3710 History of Political Thought I: Ancient Through Medieval OR 3
HIST-3720 History of Political Thought II: Modern/Contemporary 3
History Elective 3
Concentration Requirements 6-7
Electives 18-19
Total 31

History and Political Science Electives

Course Number Course Name Course Hours
HIST-2000 Introduction to History 3
HIST-3000 Introduction to Historiography 3
HIST-4700 Research in American History OR 3
HIST-4710 Research in European History OR 3
HIST-4720 Research in Asian History 3
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
GSS-3650 Quantitative Methodology 3
POLS-4900 Research in Political Science 3
Political Science elective hours selected from the following:
POLS-3400 History of American Foreign Policy 3
POLS-3610 Presidency 3
POLS-3630 Congress 3
POLS-3640 Campaigns and Elections 3
POLS-4620 Church and State in America 3
POLS-4630 American Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Rights 3
POLS-4640 American Constitutional Law: Powers and Federalism 3

Liberal Arts Core

The faculty of Cedarville, and particularly the faculty of the Department of History and Government believe in the value of the liberal arts core.  We want our graduates to be educated individuals, not just trained employees.  We recognize that both education and training are vital,  and we are convinced that in this day and age college graduates need to know how to learn as much as they need to know how to do a task.  The career experts suggest that graduates of colleges today will change careers 4-5 times in their lifetimes.  Those shifts require a certain set of skills that the liberal arts courses help to develop in our students.