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The Political Science and History major is a fairly unique pairing of two very complementary
disciplines; we believe that by combining these degrees, students gain a deeper understanding of human affairs than either degree could facilitate on its own. We focus on the
primary historical and philosophical texts in western civilization, which develops
the critical thinking skills needed to succeed in any job after graduation. We supplant
this with a working knowledge of the United States Government and its political dynamics, as well as the workings of the international political system. Finally, we offer
training in the technical skills needed by professional analysts employed in the political
Business (domestic or foreign)
Graduate school (MA or PhD)
High School Teaching
Political campaign management
Public safety (ranging from the F.B.I. to local law enforcement)
Public service (on the local, state, and federal levels)
You can get teaching licensure (dual licensure in History and Government, Grades 7-12)
with the Political Science/History major by adding a Secondary Education minor. You
can also add an endorsement in geography.
“I wanted to thank you for all of the theory heavy work you had me do. Tonight was
my first Political Philosophy class, and we had to go around the room and do the standard
introductions, followed by describing our experience in theory. I was the only person
in the class who had studied Voegelin and Strauss, and one of a handful who had studied
Aristotle, Plato, and Locke (which shocked me). The professor was quite impressed.
So thanks for all of the theory, it has proved to be an asset so far.”
-John Bebber '15, current master's student in Political Science at Appalachian State
To view all required courses for a BA in Political Science/History click here.
To view all required courses for a Minor in Political Science click here.
To view History course descriptions click here.
To view Political Science course descriptions click here.
The Political Science/History program requires a laptop with Microsoft Office 2010
or later, and wireless and webcam capability.
For information about accreditation click here.