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Government, History and Sociology Degrees

*Effective Fall 2016, the Department of Government, History and Sociology will be reorganizing into two departments: the Department of Political Science and International Studies and the Department of History, Sociology, Geography and Legal Studies. More information will be posted soon.*
The department teaches – through courses in government, history and sociology – an understanding of the world and how it functions. Through classes, hands-on activities, internships and study abroad opportunities, such as the recent travel course to Cuba (VIDEO), students are prepared for careers in a wide range of fields.

Graduates have become political consultants, sociologists, lawyers, historians and teachers. Students develop awareness and understanding, as well as critical thinking and research skills.


Bachelor of Arts in Government and World Affairs - Students learn to analyze the varied applications of political authority in the United States and around the world. The focus is on government and politics – the processes by which societies allocate their valued resources through the use of authority.

Bachelor of Arts in History - Designed to help students participate knowledgeably in the affairs of the world around them. Students learn to see the big picture while developing an an eye for helping to create an enlightened world of informed, responsible citizens.

Bachelor of Arts in International and Cultural Studies - Teaches students how to thrive in a multidisciplinary, globalizing environment. By taking courses across several disciplines, students learn to analyze international problems through a variety of lenses, including scientific, governmental, cultural, religious, linguistic and historical.

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - This program focuses on societies – the manner in which they are structured and the effects of those structures on human behavior. The emphasis is on “citizen-scholars” who can apply sociological insights to understanding social issues and developing solutions.


Minor in Government and World Affairs - Students learn to analyze the varied applications of political authority in the United States and around the world. The focus is on government and world affairs.

Minor in International Studies - Encompasses international coursework and experiences across a breadth of disciplines.

Minor in Law and Justice - Provides students with an opportunity to complete a substantive course of law study at the undergraduate level. The interdisciplinary minor offers courses in business, criminal, constitutional, comparative and international law.

Minor in Latin American Studies - The Latin American studies minor is designed to internationalize a number of existing majors by introducing students to the history, culture, politics and economics of Latin America and the Caribbean from an interdisciplinary perspective. This program helps students prepare for careers in government, business, academia and non-governmental organizations, as well as for graduate school in multiple disciplines.

Minor in Sociology - Students learn how to evaluate social conditions and design ways to solve social problems.

Minor in Women's Studies - The minor in women's studies is an interdisciplinary course of study that incorporates a broad range of liberal arts activities – reading, writing, thinking, and discussion – in order to teach a fuller understanding of the lives of women and their historical and cultural impact.


Pre-Law Professional Program - The University has not established a specialized pre-law major, but encourages prospective law students to pursue a course of study that includes a wide variety of liberal arts classes. Students should also consider a major in criminology, history or government and world affairs, or a minor in law and justice. The B.A. in Government and World Affairs also offers a concentration in law and government.

Certificate Programs

European Studies - A multi-disciplinary certificate program with the goals of providing a fundamental understanding of European culture, history, economics and politics, and ensuring a basic competence in a European language in addition to English.