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History & Political Science Major

Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Choose from one of three tracks in the history and political science major: liberal arts, social studies history and social studies government.

Want to teach history and social studies at the middle school or high school level? Social studies history and social studies government are both designed specifically for students who are in the Secondary Teacher Education Program. The liberal arts track gives you flexibility to pursue higher education or another career path.

History and Political Science Major

A bachelor of arts degree consisting of 42 credit hours. Students must complete 21 credits of core history and political science courses and 21 credits from one of the three tracks (liberal arts, social studies history or social studies government).

Core History Courses (12 credits)

An examination of the multiple global narratives that comprise human development and interaction prior to 1500 with primary focus on early human activity the development of complex societies classical and post-classical ages and expansion of post-classical cross-cultural involvement. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education history

Unit(s): 3

An examination of the multiple global narratives that comprise human development and interaction since 1500 with primary focus on the origins of global interdependence the ages of revolution industry and empire and the twentieth century. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education history

Unit(s): 3

The United States from settlement to Reconstruction. Major themes include the development of a new society evolution of democratic behavior and the growth of sectionalism. Includes both social and political approaches.

Unit(s): 3

The United States from Reconstruction until the present. Major themes include industrialization and modernization the increased role of government greater U. S. involvement in international affairs and the impact of these changes on society. A continuation of HIST 201.

Unit(s): 3

Core Political Science Courses (9 credits)

Introduction to American politics covering the development of American democracy relations between the states and the federal government elections the role of the media the three branches of national government and current public policy. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education social sciences

Unit(s): 3

Introduces students to the world as a site of political activity. Examines institutions and processes on a global scale. Topics include sovereignty power globalization war multilateral institutions the environment trade development poverty and a variety of current events. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education Global Dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Introduces the diversity of political structures processes cultures ideologies and change (revolution democratization etc.) as manifested in multiple national political systems in the global community. Introduces the application of social science methods to political phenomena. Considers the outcomes of political systems for human well-being. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Track 1-Liberal Arts (21 credits)

European History (3 credits)

Surveys developments in European history from the discovery of the New World to the eve of the French Revolution. Major topics include Europeans interactions with peoples and cultures outside Europe the Reformation the development of both limited and absolutist governments the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Surveys developments in European history from the French Revolution to the present day. Major topics include the French Revolution and Napoleonic Europe industrialization the rise of new ideologies and systems of thought the new Imperialism the World Wars and the Holocaust rise and fall of communism and the place of Europe in the world in the early 21st century. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines political economic and culture trends in British history from the Glorious Revolution of 1688 to the present day. Modern Britain stands as one of the cornerstones of the contemporary world and its politics and culture influenced global society in countless way ranging from soccer to modern environmentalism to constitutional law. The course focuses on several major themes including the role of religion finance and industry the royal family sport and most important of all social class in building British society. Students will acquire a basic understanding of the major driving forces of modern British history and the ways that they compare and interrelate with Europe the United State and the world. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education world cultures Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

This courses explores the history of genocide. Examines origins of and paths to genocide including dynamics tied to imperialism race and nationalism also investigates the conception of the word genocide and the development of critical genocide studies as a field of inquiry. Specific case studies that occurred in modern history as well as broader themes give students the opportunity to wrestle with and compare historical dynamics historiographical discussions and theoretical conceptions. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
FILA world cultures Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

A study of major themes questions events and problems in European history chosen by the instructor. The course will include the examination of primary documents andor artifacts and explore the implications of the theme on the cultures economics and social systems of the region. Examples include the Greeks and the Romans the Crusades the Renaissance the Protestant Reformation and others. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

Covers key topics in the modern history of France since 1871. Survey of the modern period of French history through the lens of a special topic. Topics may include France at war in the 20th century French intellectuals and the world multicultural France or social transformation in modern France. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

This course is a survey and examination of modern German history and its empires from 1871 until the present. Explores major issues and broader dynamics tied to Imperial Germany Weimar Germany Nazi Germany and a divided post-WWII Germany as well as current conversations. Discusses more specific dynamics including the German colonial empire WWI WWII and the Holocaust and the East German dictatorship.

Unit(s): 3

United States History (3 credits)

Examines the history of American Indians from pre-contact civilizations and cultures to the present. It demonstrates the diversity of individual tribal national and pan-Indian experiences in the context of culture society religion economics politics and law. Students investigate a variety of sources including scholarly and popular non-fictional and fictional writings images songs and films. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education global dynamics Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Survey of American religious history with a focus on origins and diversity. Major topics include Puritanism Revivalism Mormonism Methodism African-American religion fundamentalism Catholicism and Judaism and religion during the cold war. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the cultural political and diplomatic context and events of the Cold War from 1945 to 1991 with an emphasis on life in the United States. Students explore a variety of scholarly and primary sources from the period. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

An intellectual and cultural history of the United States in global context between 1880 and 1920. It traces the development of American culture ideas economics and politics as part of a larger reform movement in the industrialized world between the beginning of the Second Industrial Revolution and World War I.

Unit(s): 3

Explores the American Civil War primarily through great books supplemented by lectures films and a field trip. Topics include causes of the conflict gender nationalism religion Reconstruction memory military history and especially race all as interpreted by modern scholarship. Prerequisite HIST 201 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Survey of the former slaveholding states. Focuses on slavery and slavery politics race relations and distinctive characteristics of Southern Society. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Non-Western History (3 credits)

Explores womens histories within various global contexts. It stresses the construction of gender norms and their evolution over time and encourages comparison of womens lives and experiences across various cultural contexts. Topics include womens political rights and participation womens education and literacy womens sexuality and reproduction andor womens work. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Analyzes the connection between the medieval crusading movement and modern Middle Eastern terrorism by analyzing the historical context for claims used to justify violent Islamic extremism. Students work to build a balanced historical perspective and engage their social responsibility to present reasoned opinions in the public discourse over modern terrorism. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
General education global dynamics Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the history of western intervention imperialism and nation building in Central Asia and Afghanistan from the initial periods of Russian and British expansion into the region in the early eighteenth century to the American and NATO intervention in Afghanistan in the twenty-first century. Major themes include cultural and political interaction between local societies and the British Russians Soviets and Americans. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education 2014 world cultures Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Survey of East Asia (China and Japan) from 1800 to the present. Emphasis is upon the different paths towards modernity taken by each society the conflicts involved in the attainment of modernity and the impact of the West during the period. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Surveys the history of Modern Africa from the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present and places special emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. It approaches the history of the continent through consideration of the nature and impact of European intrusion into African societies and African responses to European imperialism. Moreover the course examines how independent African nations have addressed the legacies of their history and the challenges independence has posed for African nations. Special topics include Apartheid the struggle against segregation African women feminism development and the difficulty in creating viable democracies and stable economies in the late twentieth-century. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

A study of major themes questions events and problems in non-western history chosen by the instructor. The course can be either global in perspective or specific to a region. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

Examines the history of India and Pakistan from the beginning of British rule in the early 1700s to the present. A region of the world that is by the day becoming more important to the Unites States and the West this class explores the major issues of modern South Asian history including the rise of British dominion the Indian revolt of 1857-58 the escalation of religious communalism growth of nationalism Indias partition and independence and the current nuclear standoff between India and Pakistan by focusing on the complex interplay between nationalism imperialism and the three major religions of the region - Hinduism Islam and Sikhism - over the last 300 years. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the history of Japan in the early modern and modern times. While chronologically surveying political economic social and cultural changes the course explores key themes including projects of building a modern nation-state and empire and of rebuilding the society after World War II and the roles played by gender family and nationalism in those projects. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3


Unit(s): 3

Europeans relationship with the rest of the world from the origins of modern European empires in the 19th-century to the process of decolonization in the 20th-century to current debates about neo-imperialism and neo-colonialism. Examines the effects of empire on both the colonizers and the colonized. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Other Courses (12 credits)

6 credits of a methods/senior seminar sequence, either PSCI 250/PSCI 470 or HIST 250/HIST 470.
6 additional credits from HIST or PSCI courses numbered 300 or above.

An Honors Project (HIST/PSCI 499) or one Internship (HIST/PSCI 480) may be an elective course.

Track 2-Social Studies History (21 credits)

Available only for students accepted into the secondary education program.

European History (3 credits)

Surveys developments in European history from the discovery of the New World to the eve of the French Revolution. Major topics include Europeans interactions with peoples and cultures outside Europe the Reformation the development of both limited and absolutist governments the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Surveys developments in European history from the French Revolution to the present day. Major topics include the French Revolution and Napoleonic Europe industrialization the rise of new ideologies and systems of thought the new Imperialism the World Wars and the Holocaust rise and fall of communism and the place of Europe in the world in the early 21st century. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines political economic and culture trends in British history from the Glorious Revolution of 1688 to the present day. Modern Britain stands as one of the cornerstones of the contemporary world and its politics and culture influenced global society in countless way ranging from soccer to modern environmentalism to constitutional law. The course focuses on several major themes including the role of religion finance and industry the royal family sport and most important of all social class in building British society. Students will acquire a basic understanding of the major driving forces of modern British history and the ways that they compare and interrelate with Europe the United State and the world. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education world cultures Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

This courses explores the history of genocide. Examines origins of and paths to genocide including dynamics tied to imperialism race and nationalism also investigates the conception of the word genocide and the development of critical genocide studies as a field of inquiry. Specific case studies that occurred in modern history as well as broader themes give students the opportunity to wrestle with and compare historical dynamics historiographical discussions and theoretical conceptions. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
FILA world cultures Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

A study of major themes questions events and problems in European history chosen by the instructor. The course will include the examination of primary documents andor artifacts and explore the implications of the theme on the cultures economics and social systems of the region. Examples include the Greeks and the Romans the Crusades the Renaissance the Protestant Reformation and others. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

Covers key topics in the modern history of France since 1871. Survey of the modern period of French history through the lens of a special topic. Topics may include France at war in the 20th century French intellectuals and the world multicultural France or social transformation in modern France. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

This course is a survey and examination of modern German history and its empires from 1871 until the present. Explores major issues and broader dynamics tied to Imperial Germany Weimar Germany Nazi Germany and a divided post-WWII Germany as well as current conversations. Discusses more specific dynamics including the German colonial empire WWI WWII and the Holocaust and the East German dictatorship.

Unit(s): 3

United States History (3 credits)

Examines the history of American Indians from pre-contact civilizations and cultures to the present. It demonstrates the diversity of individual tribal national and pan-Indian experiences in the context of culture society religion economics politics and law. Students investigate a variety of sources including scholarly and popular non-fictional and fictional writings images songs and films. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education global dynamics Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Survey of American religious history with a focus on origins and diversity. Major topics include Puritanism Revivalism Mormonism Methodism African-American religion fundamentalism Catholicism and Judaism and religion during the cold war. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the cultural political and diplomatic context and events of the Cold War from 1945 to 1991 with an emphasis on life in the United States. Students explore a variety of scholarly and primary sources from the period. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

An intellectual and cultural history of the United States in global context between 1880 and 1920. It traces the development of American culture ideas economics and politics as part of a larger reform movement in the industrialized world between the beginning of the Second Industrial Revolution and World War I.

Unit(s): 3

Explores the American Civil War primarily through great books supplemented by lectures films and a field trip. Topics include causes of the conflict gender nationalism religion Reconstruction memory military history and especially race all as interpreted by modern scholarship. Prerequisite HIST 201 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Survey of the former slaveholding states. Focuses on slavery and slavery politics race relations and distinctive characteristics of Southern Society. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Non-Western History (3 credits)

Explores womens histories within various global contexts. It stresses the construction of gender norms and their evolution over time and encourages comparison of womens lives and experiences across various cultural contexts. Topics include womens political rights and participation womens education and literacy womens sexuality and reproduction andor womens work. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Analyzes the connection between the medieval crusading movement and modern Middle Eastern terrorism by analyzing the historical context for claims used to justify violent Islamic extremism. Students work to build a balanced historical perspective and engage their social responsibility to present reasoned opinions in the public discourse over modern terrorism. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
General education global dynamics Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the history of western intervention imperialism and nation building in Central Asia and Afghanistan from the initial periods of Russian and British expansion into the region in the early eighteenth century to the American and NATO intervention in Afghanistan in the twenty-first century. Major themes include cultural and political interaction between local societies and the British Russians Soviets and Americans. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education 2014 world cultures Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Survey of East Asia (China and Japan) from 1800 to the present. Emphasis is upon the different paths towards modernity taken by each society the conflicts involved in the attainment of modernity and the impact of the West during the period. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Surveys the history of Modern Africa from the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present and places special emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. It approaches the history of the continent through consideration of the nature and impact of European intrusion into African societies and African responses to European imperialism. Moreover the course examines how independent African nations have addressed the legacies of their history and the challenges independence has posed for African nations. Special topics include Apartheid the struggle against segregation African women feminism development and the difficulty in creating viable democracies and stable economies in the late twentieth-century. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

A study of major themes questions events and problems in non-western history chosen by the instructor. The course can be either global in perspective or specific to a region. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

Examines the history of India and Pakistan from the beginning of British rule in the early 1700s to the present. A region of the world that is by the day becoming more important to the Unites States and the West this class explores the major issues of modern South Asian history including the rise of British dominion the Indian revolt of 1857-58 the escalation of religious communalism growth of nationalism Indias partition and independence and the current nuclear standoff between India and Pakistan by focusing on the complex interplay between nationalism imperialism and the three major religions of the region - Hinduism Islam and Sikhism - over the last 300 years. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the history of Japan in the early modern and modern times. While chronologically surveying political economic social and cultural changes the course explores key themes including projects of building a modern nation-state and empire and of rebuilding the society after World War II and the roles played by gender family and nationalism in those projects. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3


Unit(s): 3

Europeans relationship with the rest of the world from the origins of modern European empires in the 19th-century to the process of decolonization in the 20th-century to current debates about neo-imperialism and neo-colonialism. Examines the effects of empire on both the colonizers and the colonized. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Other Courses (12 credits)

A human geographic exploration of all world regions emphasizing population cultural economic and political geographies. Prerequisites HIST 110 and either ECON 200 or SOC 101 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

Introduces scarcity opportunity cost and supply and demand analysis with special emphasis on aggregate economic growth unemployment inflation and fiscal and monetary policies. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education 2014 Social Sciences

Unit(s): 3

An introduction to historical research methods and the tools and techniques that historians use to study the past. The course focuses on the development of key research skills through the location analysis and use of primary and secondary sources in a variety of forms and settings. Students will also review and gain an understanding of the fundamental historiographical practices and interpretations used within the field of history.

Unit(s): 3

An in-depth seminar in historical research and the examination of historical theory culminating in the preparation and presentation of a major research paper based on primary historical sources.

Unit(s): 3

Track 3-Social Studies Government (21 credits)

Available only for students accepted into the secondary education program.

United States History (3 credits)

Examines the history of American Indians from pre-contact civilizations and cultures to the present. It demonstrates the diversity of individual tribal national and pan-Indian experiences in the context of culture society religion economics politics and law. Students investigate a variety of sources including scholarly and popular non-fictional and fictional writings images songs and films. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education global dynamics Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Survey of American religious history with a focus on origins and diversity. Major topics include Puritanism Revivalism Mormonism Methodism African-American religion fundamentalism Catholicism and Judaism and religion during the cold war. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the cultural political and diplomatic context and events of the Cold War from 1945 to 1991 with an emphasis on life in the United States. Students explore a variety of scholarly and primary sources from the period. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

An intellectual and cultural history of the United States in global context between 1880 and 1920. It traces the development of American culture ideas economics and politics as part of a larger reform movement in the industrialized world between the beginning of the Second Industrial Revolution and World War I.

Unit(s): 3

Explores the American Civil War primarily through great books supplemented by lectures films and a field trip. Topics include causes of the conflict gender nationalism religion Reconstruction memory military history and especially race all as interpreted by modern scholarship. Prerequisite HIST 201 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Survey of the former slaveholding states. Focuses on slavery and slavery politics race relations and distinctive characteristics of Southern Society. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Other Courses (18 credits)

A human geographic exploration of all world regions emphasizing population cultural economic and political geographies. Prerequisites HIST 110 and either ECON 200 or SOC 101 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

Introduces scarcity opportunity cost and supply and demand analysis with special emphasis on aggregate economic growth unemployment inflation and fiscal and monetary policies. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education 2014 Social Sciences

Unit(s): 3

An introduction to the production of knowledge about political phenomena. Topics include the relationship between theory and research formulation of research questions and research design and quantitative and qualitative methods. Students will understand and evaluate scholarly research in the field and conduct their own research projects.

Unit(s): 3

Examination of significant professional literature in political science and international studies through preparation and presentation of a major research paper.

Unit(s): 3

And 6 credits of upper-level PSCI courses.

Careers and Graduate Schools

What can you do with your history and political science degree from Bridgewater College?

Like the department’s recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • Catholic University (International Studies) 
  • Clemson University (History)
  • The George Washington University (International Development and Business) 
  • James Madison University (History) 
  • Indiana University (Hispanic Literature)
  • Northwestern University (Politics/International Relations) 
  • University of Chicago (Middle Eastern Studies) 
  • University of Delaware (Public History) 
  • University of Pittsburgh (Security and Intelligence Studies)
  • University of Richmond (Law School)
  • University of South Carolina (Public History) 
  • Virginia Tech (Public Administration and Women’s Studies) 
  • West Virginia University (Doctoral History Program)

Or pursue a career in:

  • Government Services
  • International Organizations 
  • Law
  • Museum and Archival Work
  • Religion
  • Secondary and Higher Education

Learn more about career paths, employment and advancement in history and political science from the American Historical Association and the American Political Science Association.

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Questions? Contact us!

Dr. Brandon Marsh, Department Chair
540-828-5657
bmarsh@bridgewater.edu