Department of History & Political Science

Majors & Requirements

The Department of History and Political Science offers majors in history, political science, and social science leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The department also offers a Master of Arts degree in history (see UNA Graduate Catalog) as well as undergraduate minors in history, political science, legal studies, philosophy, religious studies, and public history.

The history program is designed to serve students who wish to prepare for graduate study in history, for teaching history in grades 6-12 (a second major in education is required for teacher certification), for entry into professional schools such as law, library science, journalism, seminary training, and for careers in business, educational institutions, and other areas which require a broad general education.

Students with a minimum score of 28 on the ACT Reading subtest or a minimum score of 630 on the SAT Reading Comprehension subtest or with special approval from the department may choose to enroll in honors history courses.

The political science program is designed to serve students who wish to prepare for graduate study leading toward careers requiring advanced study in government, politics, or policy and to prepare students for careers in federal, state, and local government, including municipal and private planning agencies. A program in political science is also appropriate for preprofessional preparation for law.

The social science program is designed to serve students who wish to prepare for teaching social sciences in grades 6-12 (a second major in education is required for teacher certification).

Students with majors in history, political science, or social science are required to successfully complete exit examinations prior to graduation.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN HISTORY

  • World Civilization (HI 101,102)
  • United States History (HI 201, 202)
  • History & Historical Research (HI 301W)
  • 21 hours in History Electives (300-400 level) with at least six hours in United States History and six hours in non-United States History
  • Senior Thesis (495)

Total=36 hours

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

  • U. S. Government & Politics (PS 241)
  • Public Policy and Administration (PS 244)
  • Political Science Scope & Methods (PS 301W)
  • Comparative Government (PS 302)
  • World Politics (PS 303)
  • Political Theory (PS 304)
  • 18 hours in Political Science Electives

TOTAL=36 HOURS

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN SOCIAL SCIENCE

HISTORY

  • World Civilization (HI 101,102)
  • United States History (HI 201, 202)
  • History & Historical Research (HI 301W)
  • History of Alabama (HI 361)
  • History Electives (300-400 level) with at least six hours in United States History and six hours in non-United States History
  • Senior Thesis (HI 495)

POLITICAL SCIENCE

  • U. S. Government & Politics (PS 241)
  • 9 hours of Political Science Electives (PS 302, 303, 342, 344, 345, 367, 481)

GEOGRAPHY

  • World Regional Geography (GE 102)
  • Principles of Physical Geography I (GE 111)
  • Principles of Physical Geography II (GE 112)
  • History and Philosophy of Geography (GE 300W)
  • 6 hours Geography Electives (300-400 level)

SOCIOLOGY/PSYCHOLOGY

  • Introductory Sociology (SO 221) OR
  • General Psychology (PY 201)

ECONOMICS

  • Principles of Macroeconomics (EC 251)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (EC 252)

TOTAL=71 HOURS

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN HISTORY

  • World Civilization (HI 101,102)
  • United States History (HI 201, 202)
  • History & Historical Research (HI 301W)
  • 9 hours in History Electives (300-400 level)

Total=24 hours

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN PUBLIC HISTORY

  •  History and Historical Research (HI 301)
  • Public History (HI 471)
  • Public History Electives (selected from HI 390, HI 476, HI 480, and HI 490)
  • Related Electives (selected from AC 291, AC 292, AR 481W, COM 243, EN 300W, EN 440W, GE 384,GE 390, GE 420, MK 360, MK 375, PS 412, SO 231, SRM 335, SRM 345, or additional courses with  the approval of the Chair of the Department of History and Political Science 
  • History Internship Practicum (HI 491) .

Total=21 hours

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

  • U. S. Government & Politics (PS 241)
  • 3 hours Political Science Elective (300-400 level)
  • 12 hours Political Science Electives (any level)

Total=18 hours

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN LEGAL STUDIES

  • Logic (PHL 202)
  • Judicial Process and Behavior (PS 344)
  • United States Constitutional History (HI/PS 367)
  • 9 hours Electives from the following list (at least 3 hours at 300-400 level):
    • The Legal Environment of Business (BL 240)
    • Business Law for Entrepreneurs (BL 381)
    • Criminal Law (CJ 295)
    • Criminal Evidence (CJ 430)
    • Criminal Procedure (CJ 434)
    • Communication Law and Regulation (COM 400)
    • Technical Writing (EN 200W)
    • Entertainment Industry Law (ENT 470W)
    • Law and Society (SO 430)
    • Internship (PS 495)
    • Other courses with the approval of the Chair of the Department of History and Political Science

TOTAL=18 HOURS

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN PHILOSOPHY

  • Introduction to Philosophy (PHL 201)
  • Logic (PHL 202)
  • Ethics (PHL 205)
  • 9 hours Philosophy Electives (300-400 level)

Total=18 hours

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES                                                                        

  • World Religions (RE 111)
  • Introduction to Philosophy (PHL 201)
  • Philosophy of Religion (RE/PHL 303)
  • Nine hours from the following courses (including at least six hours at the 300-400 level)
    • Old Testament Introduction (RE 221)
    • New Testament Introduction (RE 231)
    • Life of Jesus (RE 321)
    • Life and Letters of Paul (RE 331)
    • Prophets of the Hebrew Bible (RE 370)
    • Religion, Politics, and Public Policy (RE 411)
    • History of Asian Religions (RE 470)
    • History of Religion in the United States (RE 479)
    • Philosophical Borderlands of Science and Religion (RE 484)
    • Special Topics (RE 490)   

Total=18 hours   

 

                                    

   

History Major
Political Science Major
Social Science Major