The Department of History and Political Science is one of the largest and most diverse departments at the University of North Alabama. It offers majors in history, political science, and social science leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The department also offers a Master of Arts degree in history as well as undergraduate minors in history, political science, legal studies, philosophy, and a joint minor in philosophy and religious studies.
You will be taught by professors with doctoral degrees from leading universities who continue to be active scholars who have written books and articles on the subjects you choose to study. Our teaching and research cover an exceptional chronological, geographic and thematic range; from the ancient world to the present day; from the United States and Latin America to Europe and Asia; from diplomatic, political, and military history, to religious, intellectual, social and cultural history; from American government and public administration to comparative government and international relations; from philosophy and religion to legal studies. Whatever your interests, you can likely explore them with us.
A degree from the Department of History and Political Science at the University of North Alabama will equip you with a wide range of skills---research, analytical, and communication skills---demanded in a great range of professions. The history program is designed to serve students who wish to prepare for graduate study in history, for teaching history in grades 6-12 (a second major in education is required for teacher certification), for entry into professional schools such as law, library science, journalism, seminary training, and for careers in business, educational institutions, and other areas which require a broad general education. The political science program is designed to serve students who wish to prepare for graduate study leading to careers requiring advanced study in government, politics, or policy and to prepare students for careers in federal, state, and local government, including municipal and private planning agencies. A program in political science is also appropriate for preprofessional preparation for law. The social science program is designed to serve students who wish to prepare for teaching social sciences in grades 6-12.