Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Dr. Micheal Tarver, Head
Witherspoon Hall, Room 255
Busch, Duncan, Rogers
DeBlack, Jenkins, Krueger,
Link, J. Mitchell, Tarver
Canerday, Dykema, Moses, Woods, Roberts
History and Political Science
The baccalaureate degree in history and political science is excellent preparation for careers in government and education, for further study in graduate school or law school, and for careers in the private sector of the economy. For personal and career flexibility, students can design their degree requirements by selecting courses in American history, European history, or political science. Students may also elect to work toward a social studies secondary teaching licensure.
The history and political science degree requires thirty semester hours in history and political science courses in addition to the required General Education courses. In the General Education requirements, majors are required to take the two-course sequence in World Civilization (HIST 1503, 1513), and the two-course sequence in American history survey (HIST�2003, 2013). The thirty semester hours required for the history and political science degree include POLS 2003 (American Government), three additional hours of political science, and HIST 4963 (Research in History) or POLS 4963 (Research in Political Science). Twenty-one of the required thirty semester hours must be on the 3000-4000 level.
Students must complete 124 hours for graduation with a degree in history and political science.
For the curriculum in social sciences for teacher licensure, see "Curriculum in Secondary Education" on page�119.
Curriculum in History and Political Science
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements" on page�82.
Accredited law schools have not, in general, adopted specific requirements for pre-law courses. However, in most cases, courses of value to those planning the study of law include: history, economics, political science, philosophy, psychology, sociology, English composition, and literature, as well as courses in the natural sciences, mathematics, and accounting. A broad cultural background is of prime importance. Rather than attempt to prescribe the specific contents of courses to be taken by pre-law students, Arkansas Tech University considers the individual intellectual interests of students of prime importance, encouraging development of the ability to read and comprehend accurately, rapidly, and thoroughly; to think logically; to analyze and weigh situations and materials; to speak and write clearly; and to develop a critical approach and mature study habits.
In addition to (or included within) the other general education and major requirements for a bachelor's degree, the department highly recommends that courses from the following list be included in programs of students interested in attending law school.
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