Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 93

History and Political Studies
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
The department offers two Bachelor of Arts degrees
with five different areas of emphasis. Every course
should help students integrate Christian faith and the
academic fields.
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.
Students desiring a major in History may choose
Church History or General History. Anyone seeking
a History major and planning to attend seminary
should choose the Church History emphasis. Anyone
wanting to teach history should read the following
paragraphs carefully.
Cal i fornia Single 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,
(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 General 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.
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), H241 or H242 - 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.
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