B.A. History, International Relations, and Public Policy

The Department of History and Social Science offers a combined B.A. in History, International Relations, and Public Policy. This degree combines three specific emphases: History, international relations, and public policy.

  • History gives students an understanding of historical events and how it shaped today’s government and political policies.
  • International relations is the study of the world’s societies and the interactions between them. With this, students will learn diplomacy and foreign policy.
  • Public policy is the broad study of government laws, regulations, court decisions, and local ordinances that deal with housing, agriculture, economic development, and foreign affairs.

Each course is designed to help develop a broad understanding of the world’s historical, cultural, and governmental realities. Through the study of history, politics, and society, we help students analyze current events and learn to anticipate what may come.


Career Field

With a B.A. in History, International Relations, and Public Policy, there are several possible career paths to follow. Depending on what type of career you choose, you could:

  • Analyze relations between the United States and foreign countries.
  • Use historical documents to develop theories about historical trends.
  • Use quantitative methods, such as statistical analysis, to test theories.
  • Evaluate the effects of policies and laws on government, businesses, and people.


Job Outlook

“Employment of political scientists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations.” (BLS)


With this degree, graduates will be able to work in a variety of industries such as government, history, education, and politics.


  • Archivist
  • Diplomat
  • Lobbyist
  • Politician
  • Economist
  • Political Analyst
  • International Lawyer
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Immigration Specialist
  • Urban Planner
  • Transportation Coordinator
  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • Museum Technician
  • Curator
  • Historian

Median annual wage for political scientists in May 2019

Faculty Profiles

Steve Jones, PhD

Department of History & Social Science
Professor and Department Chair

Elizabeth Bowser, MA

Department of History & Social Science
Assistant Professor