The Department of History and Political Science base their studies in liberal arts and emphasize the origin and development of institutions and ideas, the traditions that mold thought and action, and the cultural values and structures that shape politics and government, foreign policy, and international relations, and the making of public policies. Department offerings also prepare students for graduate and professional study and for careers in education, public service, or the private sector.

Students in the History and Political Science Department may major in History, International Relations*, and Political Science.

The department also offers a minor in HistoryAmerican Government and Politics and International Relations.

*International Relations is a faculty-sponsored Interdisciplinary Studies major.

Program Goals
The department of History and Political Science offeres two majors: History and Political Science.  Both are based in the liberal arts and emphasize the orgin and development of institutions and ideas, the traditions the mold thought and action, and the culural values and structures that shape politics and government, foreign policy, and international relations, and the making of public policies.  Department offerings also prepare students for graduate and professional study and for careers in education, public service, or the private sector. 

History Program Goals

The History Program at Bethany College is designed to help students achieve the following goals:

  • Identify and employ key terminology and conventions specific to the discipline of history.
  • Understand the variety of ways by which ideas, institutions, and societies change over time.
  • Analyze particular aspects of these trends through critical reading of historical documents.
  • Create defensible interpretations of historical phenomena and articulate them in verbal and written form.
  • Compare and contrast different models of political, social, and cultural changes and continuities.

Political Science Program Goals

The Political Science program at Bethany College is designed to acheive the following goals for students:

  • An understanding of the political institutions and processes of the government in the United States.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of foreign political systems, including their different ideological, institutional, and historical foundations.
  • Knowledge of the global political order and contemporary world politics, including internationalconflict and cooperation.
  • An understand of the conflict among social values in politicaldecision-making.
  • Capacity to analyze data and organize it to prove hypotheses.
  • Critical thinking and grasp of difficult textual materials.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills, with particular emphasis on the construction of organized written arguement.