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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 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 constitutes excellent preparation for law school.

Anyone wanting to teach history should read the following paragraphs carefully.


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 two ways: (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 Liberal Studies & 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 Liberal Studies & 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 courses that should be taken during the regular four-year program are ED400 Foundations of Education,

ED410 Technology Uses in Education, and ED420 Principals of Secondary Education.


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, H212 Essentials of World History I, II (3, 3), H230

Essentials of 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.


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.