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Department of History & Political Studies

Dr. Clyde P. Greer, Jr., Chairperson

The Department of History & 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 law, 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 God is sovereign in human affairs of the past, present and future. With that

foundational truth, students are aided in developing Christian philosophies of history and politics as parts of an

overarching biblical 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 provides excellent preparation for law school.

CALIFORNIA SINGLE SUBJECT TEACHING CREDENTIAL IN SOCIAL STUDIES

For information about obtaining a California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science, see the

Teaching Credential Programs section. For more information, contact the credential analyst in the School of Education.

CREDIT BY EXAMINATION

The Department of History & Political Studies will grant credit-by-examination on the following conditions only: course

credit and semester unit credit are granted for H211, H212 Essentials of World History I, II (3, 3), H230 Essentials of

U.S. History (3), and POL220 U.S. Government (3) when the student submits proof of earned test scores of 3 or above

on Advanced Placement examinations or 55 or above on College Level Examination Program tests.

WORLD HISTORY WAIVER EXAMINATION

Students who have taken neither World History I nor 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 costs nothing but may only be taken once.

HISTORY CORE COURSES

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

Two upper division Non-U.S., Non-European History

Electives....................................................................................6

Additional upper division History Electives................................9

Additional History or Social Science Electives...........................6

Total units required.............................................................................51

Minor in History

For a minor in history, the following courses are required:

H211

Essentials of World History I....................................3

H212

Essentials of World History II..................................3

H230

Essentials of U.S. History..........................................3

*Upper Division History Electives...............................................9

Total units required for minor.............................................................18

*

The nine units in upper division electives must be courses

listed by the TMU History Department (or IBEX course

offerings that are clearly history courses). Courses that do not

begin with an H, taken with other departments, will not count.