About the Department

Mission Statement

The Department of History and Political Science at Azusa Pacific University 1) offers undergraduate degree programs in political science, history, and social science, and preparation for a teaching credential in social science; 2) provides general education in history and political science courses consistent with the outcomes of a liberal arts education; and 3) prepares students for graduate study, law school, or success in their chosen careers.

Overview

This department offers majors in history, political science, and social science, and minors in history, political science, prelaw, and international relations. Many courses in the department emphasize the reading of classic texts or the study of primary sources. All courses offered in the department are within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and designed to contribute to a Christian liberal arts education.

The department's three majors strive to:

  • Develop intellectual curiosity
  • Equip students with the abilities to write and speak well, think critically, and judge wisely
  • Enable students to distinguish justice from injustice
  • Teach students the legitimate purposes and necessary limits of political power
  • Provide students historical perspective for making judgments in the present
  • Instruct students in human possibilities and limits
  • Prepare students for careers calling for clear, cogent reasoning
  • Familiarize students with other cultures and times
  • Make available to students the knowledge that is needed by citizens and statesmen
  • Prepare students to teach various social science disciplines

To graduate as department majors and minors, students must maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average in major courses.

Students who want to earn up to 16 units in their major through the Azusa Oxford Semester or the American Studies Program in Washington, DC, may do so by arrangement with the Department of History and Political Science.

Goals

The Department of History and Political Science prepares students who are able to:

Classics

  • Demonstrate mastery of the basic forms, syntax, and vocabulary of classical Greek or Latin.
  • Describe the laws, religion, art, and architecture, philosophy, and government forms of Ancient Greece or Ancient Rome.
  • Articulate a Christian perspective of truth and life.

History

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the major events in American history.
  • Describe and analyze the main features of major world civilizations.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of primary and secondary historical source material.
  • Articulate a Christian worldview of history.

Political Science

  • Explain the main features of international politics.
  • Analyze the writing of major thinkers in the history of political philosophy.
  • Explain the principles, purposes, and main features of American government.
  • Articulate a Christian understanding of politics and government.

Social Science

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the major events in American history.
  • Describe and analyze the main features of major world civilizations
  • Explain the principles, purposes, and main features of American government.
  • Articulate a Christian worldview of history.
Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.