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, international relations, and social science, and a single-subject waiver 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, international relations, 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 four 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 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, ideas, and trends in American history.
  • Describe and analyze the major events, ideas, and developments of world history.
  • Analyze primary and secondary sources and develop a historical argument based on them.
  • Articulate how a Christian worldview informs the study of history.

International Relations

  • Explain the principles, purposes, and main features of American government.
  • Explain the main features of international politics.
  • Articulate the main schools of thought respecting international relations and describe the principal interests and ideas that inform U.S. foreign policy.
  • Analyze the writing of major thinkers in the history of political philosophy.
  • Articulate a Christian understanding of politics and government.
  • Demonstrate ability to write and cite sources to professional standards within the discipline.

Political Science

  • Explain the principles, purposes, and main features of American government.
  • Explain the main features of international politics.
  • Analyze the writing of major thinkers in the history of political philosophy.
  • Articulate a Christian understanding of politics and government.
  • Demonstrate ability to write and cite sources to professional standards within the discipline.

Social Science

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the major events, ideas, and trends in American history.
  • Describe and analyze the major events, ideas, and developments of world history.
  • Explain the principles, purposes, and main features of American government.
  • Articulate how a Christian worldview informs the study of history.

Note: This information is current for the 2018-19 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.