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History/ Political Science

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Degree Details

Offered as: Bachelor

Optional Specializations
  • Social Studies Secondary Education Specialization

Program Highlights

  • Double focused major
  • Extensive Alumni network
  • Growing job market
  • Minor Available

Why Study History/Political Science at Mount Aloysius College?

Mount Aloysius students have the unique opportunity to be introduced to both areas of study, progressing to upper division work, rather than narrowly focusing on only one area. This separates Mount Aloysius from other colleges.

Students studying History/Political Science at Mount Aloysius benefit from the support of engaged and accessible faculty, small class-sizes, and outstanding internships.

What do Historians and Political Scientists do?

Historians work with historical documents and artifacts to study and interpret the past, as well as study facts, and specialize in specific areas or eras. Political scientists study government and political issues in a scientific way, often conducting research and asking questions of themselves to further their knowledge. They also assist others by providing advice and commentary, or by working with the government and taking other forms of direct political action.

Possible Careers

Graduates from our History/Political Science Program can choose from many post-graduate jobs, including:

  • Historian
  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Museum worker
  • Postsecondary teacher
  • Legal
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Document Editor
  • Librarian
  • Records managers
  • Information managers
  • Litigation support
  • Legislative staff
  • Corporate historian
  • Contract historians
  • Work with nonprofit associations

Are there job openings? How much will I make?

This program offers a plethora of career paths, but if history is your chosen field, the demand for Historians is expected to rise 2% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 100 jobs.*

The average median wage for a historian in the state of Pennsylvania is $57,860.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics,

Success Stories

MacKenzie Horne, ‘15, ‘17 Duquesne University, is now an archaeologist with GAI Consultants.

Dillon Bender, ‘16, is a Rose-Hulman Sports Information Graduate Assistant at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Who will teach me?

The History and Political Science department is comprised of full-time faculty who hold doctorate degrees in their disciplines. Bringing their varied backgrounds into the classroom, students are provided extensive knowledge of the History and Political Science fields.

Program Goals

The goals of this program in History/Political Science contribute to the College’s curricular purpose by enabling students to perceive the larger social, political, economic, historical, and environmental contexts within which individual action is set. Knowledge of the dynamic processes underlying these contexts will lead students to identify those points in their individual lives and careers where they can contribute responsibly to life in an interdependent world.

Students who complete the major in History/Political Science will demonstrate:

  1. Historical/Political Literacy – Students will be able to distinguish between primary and secondary sources and explain how each is used to make or support a claim;
  2. Critical Thinking -Students will be able to articulate how questions can be viewed from different perspectives and evaluate competing interpretations that arise from these perspectives;
  3. Research Skills – Students will acquire basic historical and political science research skills, including finding relevant primary and secondary resources through the effective use of libraries, archives, databases and online materials and accurately interpret and document these materials;
  4. Communication Skills – Students will learn to organize and express their thoughts clearly and coherently both in writing and orally; and
  5. Documentation & Presentation – Students should demonstrate their mastery of the knowledge and skills involved in professional practice by documenting and evaluating arguments in a professional manner culminating in conceptualizing and executing a significant piece of original research.

Mountie Insight

"History and political science are so interconnected in society. The program is the perfect combo."

Maggee Carrara

Class of 2020

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Meet Our Department!

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Julie Smith
Chairperson of Justice, Law, and Society Department, Professor of History/Political Science, Coordinator for Secondary Education
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Joseph Bobak
Assistant Professor of Criminology
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Elizabeth Mansley
Assistant Professor of Criminology
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Matthew Arsenault
Assistant Professor of Political Science
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David Andrews
Full-time In-House Counsel in the Office of General Counsel