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History and Political Science

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Introduction

The History and Political Science department offers two majors and three minors. Two additional minors, Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies and Social Policy, are offered in collaboration with several other departments.

Special resources for the study of history at Goshen College include the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism (see www.goshen.edu/institutes/anabaptism/), the Mennonite Historical Library, the Archives of Mennonite Church USA and The Mennonite Quarterly Review, a respected scholarly journal published by Goshen College.
Visit the History and Political Science department website at www.goshen.edu/history.

Career and postgraduate opportunities

Recent graduates with history majors are successful high school social studies teachers and college history professors. Others are employed in libraries, archives, museums and other public history settings. Still others are in church vocations, law, business, non-profit administration, and international development.

Teacher education certification in Social Studies

Teacher certification in Social Studies Education is available for grades 5-12. Required are 54 credits in history and social science. Other requirements of a Goshen College major in history must be met as well. In addition, 30 credits of education courses are required, including a fall semester of student teaching. The first education class, Educ 201, should be taken in May term of the first year or spring of the sophomore year. See the education department pages and the Teacher Education Handbook for more details about requirements.

Major in history

41 credit hours (core and one concentration area)

Core requirements (32 credit hours)

  • Comm/Engl 204, Expository Writing 3
  • U.S. and world history courses, at least 12 credit hours upper level (300 and above) 21
  • Hist 409, Internship (or student teaching for education majors) 2
  • Hist 410, History Seminar: Analysis 3
  • Hist 411, History Seminar: Synthesis 3

Social science concentration (9 credit hours)

  • Courses selected from three of the fields below:
    Economics
    Political science
    Sociology
    Peace, justice and conflict studies

Humanities concentration (9 credit hours)

  • Courses selected from three of the fields below:
    Literature
    Philosophy
    Bible or religion
    Art, Music or Theater history

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in history will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic historical patterns, principles and theories.
  2. Skillfully communicate historical arguments in both written and oral form.
  3. Identify and interpret both primary and secondary sources effectively as evidence.
  4. Analyze, construct and support historical arguments from a variety of perspectives.
  5. Interpret the moral responsibilities of the historian's work for his/her own future.

Planning guide

First year Goshen Core
100 or 200-level history courses
Second year Goshen Core
Additional history courses
Courses in concentration
SST (fall or spring)
Third year Goshen Core
History Seminar: Analysis
Upper-level history
Balance of concentration
Fourth year Balance of Goshen Core
Balance of major
History Seminar: Synthesis
Internship

Planning and advising notes

All history majors are encouraged to acquire proficiency in a foreign language equal to the intermediate (202) level.

Major in history and social research

41 credit hours

Core requirements (32 credit hours)

  • Comm/Engl 204, Expository Writing 3
  • U.S. and world history courses, at least 10 credit hours upper level (300 and above) 21
  • Hist 409, Internship 2
  • Hist 410, History Seminar: Analysis 3
  • Hist 411, History Seminar: Synthesis 3

9 hours chosen from:

  • Soc 380, Statistics in Research 3
  • PoSc 210, Introduction to Public Policy 3
  • Soc 200, Principles of Sociology 3
  • Soc 230, Ethnography and Culture 3
  • Soc 391, Methods of Social Research3
  • Soc 392, Junior Seminar in Social Research 3

Planning and advising notes

Internship and senior seminar work should utilize various research skills. The student’s faculty adviser will encourage taking additional elective courses in economics, sociology and political science. This major is designed to provide the student with library, statistical and field-research skills useful in business, public administration, law and other practical pursuits. A variety of history courses provides a broad perspective rather than merely a technical orientation.

Minor in history

18 credit hours

  • Hist 101, 102, or 105 3
  • Additional history courses, at least 9 credit hours upper level (300 and above) 15

Minor in political studies

18 credit hours

  • Three core courses selected from the following list 9
    PoSc 200, Introduction to Political Science (3)
    PoSc 210, Introduction to Public Policy (3)
    PoSc 305, US Constitutional Law (3)
    PoSc 306, International Politics (3)
    PoSc 320, Issues in Politics and Society (3)
    PJCS 425, War and Peace in the Modern World (3)
  • Three courses selected from the following list 9
    Additional courses from the core list above, or any of the following:
    Hist 315, War and Peace in 20th Century Europe (3)
    Hist 326, Recent American History (3)
    Hist 335, History of Ethnic Conflict (3)
    PJCS 201, Violence and Nonviolence (3)
    PJCS 332, Religion, Conflict and Peace
    or PJCS 350, Dynamics/Theology of Reconciliation (3)
    PJCS 360, Designing for Social Change (3)
    Soc 322, Social Policy and Programs (3)
    Soc 334, Race, Class & Ethnic Relations (3)
    Sust 320, Environmental Policy & Politics (3 - part of Sustainability Leadership Semester)

Minor in pre-law studies

18 credit hours

  • At least three courses selected from the following list 9
    Biol 355, Natural Resources Policy Seminar(1)
    Bus 310, Business Law(3)
    Comm 270, Media, Law & Ethics(3)
    Engl 204, Expository Writing(3)
    Math 205, Discrete Mathematics(3)
    PJCS 347, Restorative Justice(3)
    Phil 200, Introduction to Philosophy(3)
    Phil 302, Ethics and Morality(3)
    PoSc 200, Introduction to Political Science(3)
    PoSc 210, Introduction to Public Policy(3)
    PoSc 305, US Constitutional Law(3)
  • Up to three courses selected from the following list 9
    Additional courses from the list above
    Econ 203, Principles of Microeconomics(3)
    Econ 204, Principles of Macroeconomics(3)
    Engl 300, Critical Theory & Practice(3)
    Engl 315, The English Language(3)
    Hist 326, Recent American History(3)
    Hist 327, American Immigration and Ethnic History(3)
    PJCS 325, Mediation: Process, Skills, Theory(3-4)
    PJCS 350, Dynamics/Theology of Reconciliation(3)
    Psyc 200, Social Psychology(3)
    Psyc 306, Abnormal Psychology(3)
    Soc 200, Principles of Sociology(3)
    Soc 322, Social Policy & Programs(3)
    SoWk 350, Human Services: Special studies(3)

Planning and advising note

At least nine credit hours in the minor must be 300-level or above.

Minor in Anabaptist-Mennonite studies

18 credit hours

  • Core courses selected from the following list: 12
    Bibl 321, Biblical Themes of Peace (3)
    Engl 207/307, Mennonite Literature (3)
    Hist 318, Anabaptist/Mennonite History (3)
    Hist 321, History of Mennonites in America (3)
    Related topics course or independent study: Hist 375 or Soc 351 (3)
  • Elective courses selected from core courses above or the following list: 6
    Hist 304, Renaissance and Reformation (3)
    Mus 311, Topics in Music Literature: church music (2)
    Rel 320, Christian Theologies (3)
    Soc 334, Race, Class and Ethnic Relations (3)
    Related course taken at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
    Internship with a Mennonite organization or congregation

Planning and advising notes

It is assumed that students who apply the elective courses above to the minor will do a focused study (paper or project, e.g.) that makes an explicit connection with an Anabaptist-Mennonite topic.

Minor in social policy

The social policy minor at Goshen College is a collaborative cross-disciplinary program for students who want to work for social change within the public sector or nonprofit organizations. The minor is described in the Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology department pages.

History courses

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Political science courses


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