Areas of Study
Choose from three major programs (history, political science and social studies) and six minor programs (history, political science, geography, international studies, public history/museum studies and public policy).
In each program, you’ll take challenging classes taught by professors who are nationally recognized experts in their fields. Our professors are regularly contacted by local, state and national media to weigh in on current topics like the electoral college, North Korea, international peacekeeping and the U.S. census. They also contribute op-eds to media outlets such as CNN and the Huffington Post.
We designed our programs to offer you maximum flexibility. You can double major and/or add a minor and still graduate within four years. This enables you to explore all your interests and expand your career options. In addition to the minor programs our department offers, popular options include marketing, business administration, communication studies, English, creative writing and public relations.
Through our academic programs, you’ll develop strong skills in research, writing, critical thinking, teamwork and communication. You’ll obtain real-world experience and build a résumé that will rise to the top of the pile.
History (Major, Minor)
All of our history professors hold Ph.D.s, and their research and teaching interests include ancient and modern European, colonial American, modern American, East Asian, Caribbean, African, African-American, and sport history. Your studies will emphasize research and writing, and you’ll be encouraged to present your findings at professional meetings. Our history majors commonly go on to graduate school in history, law school, teaching, graduate study in museums and archives, or work for private business or in the public sector.
Political Science (Major, Minor)
All of our political science professors hold Ph.D.s, and their teaching interests include American government, state and local politics, international relations, comparative politics, as well as courses on interest groups, public policy and conflict resolution. You’ll engage in undergraduate research and be encouraged to present at professional meetings. Recent graduates have gone to graduate school in political science and law school. Others have launched careers in government, public policy and electoral politics.
Social Studies (Major)
The social studies major prepares you for a career in secondary education or for graduate school. You’ll receive a broad background in the social studies, including history, political science, economics, geography, psychology and sociology, as well as training in professional education techniques. Faculty research and teaching interests include modern U.S., East Asian, sport history and the use of sport to teach the social studies. The social studies major emphasizes classroom content with practical experience, and student teaching experiences are offered in nearby high schools or even in international schools.
The geography minor will give you the ability to apply geographical concepts to your major. You can choose to concentrate on area studies, geographic information systems (GIS), or multiple branches within geography, including political, population or historical geography. Area studies emphasizes the exploration of cultural systems from around the world. GIS emphasizes learning and applying techniques used by geographers to map data from various sources. The professors who teach in the minor have Ph.D.s in geography, history or political science. Faculty teaching and research interests include the practical use of GIS, congressional redistricting, climatology and historical GIS.
International Studies (Minor)
The international studies minor allows you to complement your major program through interdisciplinary coursework examining the complex global relationships between nations that shape the world today. The minor provides significant contextual knowledge given the growing global interconnectedness across occupations (including government, business, health and engineering).
Public History/Museum Studies (Minor)
The public history/museum studies minor exposes you to the techniques and practices used in museums and by the National Park Service, state historical societies and other public history organizations. You will have the opportunity to explore careers in either museum or public history or both, learning the skills to work with historical collections and creating exhibits. Faculty research and teaching interests include material culture, popular music, sport history and oral history. As part of this minor, you must complete a public service internship working in a museum, at a state historical society or the like. Recent graduates are working for the Smithsonian, Ohio Historical Society, National Archives and COSI.
Public History/Museum Studies Minor Semester Requirements (21 credit hours)
Public Policy (Minor)
A minor in public policy develops skills that are needed for strategic decision-making in business and technical professions, including health, education and engineering. Public policy is the product of choices made by governments that drive public investments, create rules, establish services and security, guide and regulate markets and businesses, or allocate benefits and costs to citizens. Through this minor program, you will learn to formulate, evaluate and promote policy options that can make a difference in your communities. The minor is an excellent complement to programs across the University, including business, health, engineering, education and pre-law.
Public Policy Minor Semester Requirements (18 credit hours)