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Political Science/History

Political Science and History highlights:

  • Liberal Arts approach provides exposure to classical texts and develops critical thinking skills
  • Unique mixture of political science and history provides a deeper foundation in the subject matter of human affairs than either degree could provide on its own.
  • Opportunities to engage the political process through organizations such as TISL (Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature) and the College Republicans or College Democrats Clubs
  • Technical training in the skills needed for a successful career in law, politics, the intelligence community, law enforcement, other government jobs, and academia
  • Many of our students earn Internships that provide critical training and connections

What is the Political Science/History major?

The Political Science and History major is a fairly unique pairing of two very complementary imgdisciplines; we believe that by combining these degrees, students gain a deeper understanding of human affairs than either degree could facilitate on its own. We focus on the primary historical and philosophical texts in western civilization, which develops the critical thinking skills needed to succeed in any job after graduation. We supplant this with a working knowledge of the United States Government and its political dynamics, as well as the workings of the international political system. Finally, we offer training in the technical skills needed by professional analysts employed in the political world.

Opportunities for graduates:

Business (domestic or foreign)

Graduate school (MA or PhD)

High School Teaching

Intelligence community



Law school

Political campaign management

Public safety (ranging from the F.B.I. to local law enforcement)

Public service (on the local, state, and federal levels)


Public service (on the local, state, and federal levels)

You can get teaching licensure (dual licensure in History and Government, Grades 7-12) with the Political Science/History major by adding a Secondary Education minor. You can also add an endorsement in geography. 

I wanted to thank you for all of the theory heavy work you had me do. Tonight was my first Political Philosophy class, and we had to go around the room and do the standard introductions, followed by describing our experience in theory. I was the only person in the class who had studied Voegelin and Strauss, and one of a handful who had studied Aristotle, Plato, and Locke (which shocked me). The professor was quite impressed. So thanks for all of the theory, it has proved to be an asset so far.”

-John Bebber '15, current master's student in Political Science at Appalachian State University.

Political Science Faculty

Political Science/History Coursework

To view all required courses for a BA in Political Science/History click here.

To view all required courses for a Minor in Political Science click here.

To view History course descriptions click here.

To view Political Science course descriptions click here.

Laptop Requirement

The Political Science/History program requires a laptop with Microsoft Office 2010 or later, and wireless and webcam capability.


For information about accreditation click here.



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