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History and Political Studies

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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

History and Political Studies

Dr. Clyde P. Greer, Jr., Chairperson

The Department of History and Political Studies is

designed to help all students develop an understanding

of the complex factors that have produced the

civilizations of the present and also aid students in

becoming responsible Christian citizens. Especially

because of our emphasis on systematic research

and analysis, the History and Political Studies

majors receive instruction in preparing for careers

in education, business, government service, public

relations, or library work, as well as graduate study in

law, theology, history, or political science.

The department acknowledges that, in human affairs

of the past, present and future, God is sovereign.

With that foundational truth, students are aided in

developing Christian philosophies of history and

politics as parts of an overarching biblically based

worldview. Every course should help students

integrate Christian faith and the academic fields.

The department offers two Bachelor of Arts degrees.

Students desiring a major in Political Studies may

choose from three available emphases: American

Politics, Constitutional Law, or Political Theory.

Although a capable person can get into law school with

almost any major, the Constitutional Law emphasis

constitutes excellent preparation for law school.

Anyone wanting to teach history should read the

following paragraphs carefully.

CALIFORNIASINGLE SUBJECT TEACHING

CREDENTIAL IN SOCIAL STUDIES

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

requires prospective teachers of history and social

studies to prove their social science subject matter

competence in one of twoways: (1) students take rigidly

prescribed courses in a state-approved curriculum,

or

(2) students pass assessment examinations. Students

currently desiring to obtain the credential to teach

in junior and senior high schools should plan on

taking the Social Studies assessment tests from the

CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers)

series. Information about these tests is available

in the Department of Teacher Education and in

the Department of History and Political Studies.

H492, the senior capstone course for history majors,

should greatly help prepare students for the assessment

tests. The next page shows a list of required courses

for the History major, which provides foundational

knowledge in the field. Students graduating with a

B.A. in History must take a comprehensive discipline-

specific assessment test during their senior year.

The Department of Teacher Education has arranged

course requirements so that students can complete

most of their teacher credential program during a

fifth year of study—one semester of courses and a

semester of student teaching. The only courses that

should be taken during the regular four-year program

are ED400 Foundations of Education and ED410

Technology Uses in the Classroom.

CREDIT BY EXAMINATION

The Department of History and Political Studies

will grant credit-by-examination on the following

conditions only: course credit and semester unit credit

are granted for H211 and H212 - World History I and

II (3,3), H230- United States History (3), and POL220

- United States Government (3) when the student

submits proof of earned test scores of 3 or above on

the Advanced Placement Examination or 55 or above

on the College Level Examination Program tests.

WORLD HISTORY WAIVER EXAMINATION

Students who have not taken either World History

I or World History II may take a competency test.

Those who score a 65% or better will be exempted

from taking the two-semester World History survey

sequence. These students will then be required to

take only one upper division history course to fulfill

the General Education World History requirement.

(Students in state-approved teacher credentialing

programs, however, must take the regular World

History sequence.) The test may be taken only once.

H211 Essentials of World History I.......................... 3 H212 Essentials of World History II........................ 3 H230 Essentials of United States History................ 3 H343 United States Constitutional History.............. 3 H421 Historical Research Techniques....................... 3 H492 Senior Seminar in History................................ 3

Total core courses....................................................................... 18

Additional History Courses

Two upper division U.S. History Electives......................... 6

Two upper division European History Electives............... 6

HISTORY CORE COURSES