Politics and History (Major)

History and Political Science Department

Pamela O'Brien, Dean, School of Arts, Sciences and Business
Jennifer L. Erdman, Ph.D., Chair
Anne E. Henderson, Ph.D.
Adam Knight, Ph.D.

Degrees offered



Main Campus

The bachelor’s degree in politics and history at NDMU explores the historical foundations of the political system in America and how that history has led to the societal inequities of class, gender, race, and sexuality that we see today. Classes will be challenged to define what it means to be an American and address the systemic changes needed to create an equitable society.


Traditional Undergraduate College

The Political Science and History Department of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business offers a Major in Politics and History to students in the Traditional Undergraduate College. 

Students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all courses taken to complete the requirements of the Politics & History Major.

Programs of Study

Required Courses for a Major in Politics and History 

      Core Courses (8 courses)

       POL-101 Introduction to Politics (3)
       POL-103 Introduction to International Affairs (3)
       POL-217 Civic Participation and Leadership (3)
       HIS-217 U.S. History Since 1865 (3)
       HIS-228 World History Since 1500 (3)
                        Methods in Politics and History Research (3)
       IDS-361 Internship (3)
               461 Capstone Seminar (3)

       Identities: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Culture (5 courses)

       GEO-206 Geography Major Regions World (3)
       HIS-207 Ethnic Groups in America (3)
       HIS-215 Women in American History (3)
       HIS-261 History of Women's Suffrage (3)       
       HIS-317 African American Experience (3)
       HIS-323 Black Women in American History (3)
       HIS-340 Holocaust (3)
       HIS-402 Women, War, and Peace (3)
       POL-200 Genocide
       POL-290 Women in Islamic Societies (3)
       POL-324 Women, Politics, and the Law (3

        Electives (2 courses)

       POL/HIS-219 The American Presidency (3)
       POL-312 Legal Reasoning (3)
       POL 344 Civil Liberties/Civil Rights (3)
       POL-412 Constitutional Law (3)
       POL-324 Women, Politics, and the Law (3)

Four-Year Plan

Below is a sample Program of Study for the Politics & History Major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall Spring

First Year

NDMU 100: Perspectives in Education 4 POL 103: Introduction to International Affairs 3
NDMU 100: Lab 0 Scientific Reasoning General Education 3-4
ENG 101: College Writing 3 Foreign Language 3
HIS 228: World History Since 1500 3 Major Elective 3
POL 101: Introduction to Politics 3 General Education Elective 3
Foreign Language 3

16 credits

15-16 credits

Second Year

POL 217: Civil Participation & Leadership 3 HIS 217: US History Since 1865
Quantitative Reasoning General
3-4 General Education Courses
General Education Courses 6 Major Elective
Major Elective 3

15 credits

15 credits

Third Year

POL 3XX: Methods in History & Political Research 3 IDS 361: Internship 3-4
General Education Courses 6 General Education Course 3
Major Electives 6 Major Electives 9

15 credits

15-16 credits

Fourth Year

Major/General Electives 15-18 HIS/POL 456: Senior Seminar 3

Major/General Electives 12-15

15-18 credits

15-18 credits