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Program Overview

Program Overview

Fully understand attitudes and motivations by researching their origins. Even more, be able to recognize traces of these ancient philosophies in present-day schools of thought. Here, you’ll gain a comprehensive study of ideas from all eras — ancient and medieval philosophy, modern philosophy, classical political thought and more. Combine this minor with a major in American Studies, Political Science or another related field, and you’ll be well on your way to comprehending the past, present and future of ideas. 



Specific courses required:

  • HI 1113 - Foundations of Western Civilization to 1600 or LUHP 2033 - Great Ideas in History
  • HI 1123 - Foundations of Western Civilization Since 1600
  • PL 3213 - Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • PL 3223 - Modern Philosophy
  • PO 3253 - Classical Political Thought
  • PO 3263 - Modern Political Thought


Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.

Study Abroad

See the world — whether it’s Italy, Austria, Costa Rica, England or another country. Career opportunities will open for you as you sharpen your foreign language skills. Gain the international experience and cross-cultural communication skills you’ll need in our global economy.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Service learning

We provide you the opportunity to enhance your academic understanding by applying what you’ve learned in class to service projects that benefit our community. Before graduation, you’ll participate in at least two SALT (Serving and Learning Together) projects.

Our Faculty

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    Neal Allison


    Professor Allison has taught at Lipscomb since 1997. He holds joint appointments to the Department of History, Politics, and Philosophy and the Honors College. Professor Allison's areas of interest are...

    Meet Neal Allison

Career Paths


Historians research, analyze, interpret, and write about the past by studying historical documents and sources.

Political Scientists

Political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. They research political ideas and analyze governments, policies, political trends, and related issues.

Postsecondary Teachers

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They may also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.