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Department of History, Politics & Philosophy

We believe that to be able to know where you are heading in life, you have to know where you’ve been.

History

To know where you are heading in life, you have to know where you’ve been. Studying history gives you the chance to investigate and interpret why society has developed as it has and to determine what influences have affected the past, present — and help shape the future.

Political Science

Learn about governmental processes and institutions, political parties and the interconnections between politics and society; gain an appreciation of the philosophical and practical inner-working of government; think critically and better understand how leaders make decisions.

Understanding the political systems in the world around us helps give us context for the community in which we live. Through a study of various governmental frameworks from authoritarian to democratic, we can gain an appreciation of the philosophical and practical inner working of government.

Philosophy 

Like the greatest thinkers throughout history, our philosophy students evaluate fundamental assumptions that shape the way we think about ourselves and the world around us, by emphasizing logical reasoning, problem-solving and clear writing — excellent preparation for a variety of professions.

Drawing upon the work of many of the greatest thinkers throughout history, our philosophy program will help you identify and evaluate the fundamental assumptions that shape the way we think about ourselves and the world around us.

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American Studies

Learn about where our country came from to get a sense of where it’s going. American studies is an interdisciplinary program that seeks to examine the history, culture and society of America by combining courses taken in a variety of fields including history, political science and literature.

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History

Hone valuable, transferable skills like careful reading, persuasive writing and critical thinking. Examine human behavior and learn to understand the world around you through the lens of different cultural perspectives and ethical values. Your studies will give you a deeper context for politics, religion and your own faith.

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Political Science

We can help you learn the practice of politics — whether that’s in search of security, advantage or justice. With historical, quantitative and philosophical approaches you will become well-versed in the process, rules and outcomes of politics.

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Restorative Criminal Justice

Within our restorative criminal justice major, you'll study criminal justice practices rather than law enforcement implementation. You'll analyze social and psychological theories of crime and society as well as holistic approaches to achieving accountability and healing relationships.

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International Affairs

Make other cultures an integral part of your life. The experience you will gain from the incorporated 12 Global Learning credits will be a reference point for future classroom discussion and work.

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Philosophy

We follow the time-honored, Socratic method of pursuing truth — and doing so in dialogue with the Christian intellectual tradition. We approach the study of philosophy by wrestling with ideas in civil debate with one another and studying the works of the greatest minds in Western history.

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Bioscience and Philosophy

Dive into the deep ethical questions faced by health professionals as technological and medical advances change the field of bioscience. Make insightful philosophical contributions as you hone your skills in the sciences of biology and chemistry.

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