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

This is the degree for students who like history, government, foreign affairs, and policy making, but who don’t necessarily want to teach. While the mix of topics in this degree may seem eclectic, it really is not. Political history is made of policy decisions, whether in the foreign policy realm or domestic. In this major, students get to study all types of policies at the federal, state, and local levels. Internships give them a chance to get actual experience in government, non-profit, NGO, and even political campaign situations. (And you never know, you might decide you want to teach!) 

 There are many job opportunities under the umbrella of this major. Depending on what type of career you choose might --

• Analyze relations between the United States and foreign countries

• Use qualitative sources, such as historical documents, to develop theories

• Use quantitative methods, such as statistical analysis, to test theories

• Evaluate the effects of policies and laws on government, businesses, and people

• Work for local, state, or federal government agencies

• Manage non-profit or non-governmental organizations 

Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics groups job options for this major under “Social Sciences and Related Fields.” That confirms that there are all kinds of choices out there. Job growth ranges from 10% to 14% per year.

Earnings

Yearly earnings vary widely. Again from the U.S. BLS, here are some examples: federal executive branch jobs, $83,000; colleges and universities, $60,000; research and development, $94,000; state government, $65,000.

Educational Qualifications

The HIRPP major will help many graduates get entry-level jobs. However, students should expect to complete graduate work, probably in a specialized sub-field, to further their opportunities. 

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit catalog.swau.edu/Undergraduate/2017-2018

HIST 112 US History, 1492–1865..................................18 

HIST 201 Historical Methods

HIST 226 World Civilization II

HIST 312 Historical and Political Geography

HIST 320 Portfolio Development

HIST 425 Executive Leadership

 

Regional/Topical Histories - choose from:...........................6

HIST 360 History of the British Isles*

HIST 365 America as a Global Power

HIST 370 East Asian History 

 

REQUIRED COGNATES

SOCI 111 Intro to Sociology............................................3

 

Economics..................................................................... 6

ECON 211 Macroeconomics

and either
BUAD 211 Profiles in Entrepreneurship or BUAD 453 Cross-Cultural Studies 

Political Science.........................................6

POLS 211 National and Texas Constitutions

choose from:

POLS 360 American National Government

POLS 364 American Constitutional Development

 

Internship - choose from:...................................................3

POLS 492 Political Science Internship

HIST 492 History/Social Science Internship

 

Portfolio................................................6

HIST 475 Portfolio Development 

TOTAL: 34

 

Ethics .............................................. 3

one course to be selected from:

BUAD 360 Ethics and Business Social Responsibility

COMM 431 Media Law and Ethics 

Students will also complete intermediate-year foreign language required and present a senior thesis or project.

 

First Year

First Semester

UNIV 110—Principles of Active Learning ..............................1

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition......................................3

HIST 111—American History, 1492–1865 .............................3

MATH 110—College Algebra .................................................3

KINT 111—Health and Wellness............................................3

Elem. Foreign Language.........................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Semester

HIST 112—American History, 1866 to Present......................3

CSIS 102—Microcomputer Literacy.......................................3

ENGL 220—Research Writing ................................................3

RLGN (lower division).............................................................3

KINA activity...........................................................................1

Elem. Foreign Language.........................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Year

ECON 211—Macroeconomics ...............................................3

HIST 225—World Civilization I ...............................................3

POLS 211—National & Texas Constitutions.......................... 3

Lab Science ............................................................................4

Inter. Foreign Language .........................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

COMM 111—Speech .............................................................3

HIST 201—Historical Methods ..............................................3

HIST 226—World Civilization II ..............................................3

Lab Science ............................................................................4

Inter. Foreign Language .........................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

Third Year

ECON 211—Macroeconomics ...............................................3

ENGL Literature Elective ........................................................3

HIST 360—British Isles...........................................................3

POLS 320—American International Relations.......................3

Elective ...................................................................................3

TOTAL:​ 15

BUAD 211— Profiles/Entrepreneurship ................................3

HIST 312—Historical and Political Geography.......................3

HIST 370—East Asia ...............................................................3

RLGN Elective (upper division) ..............................................3

POLS 360—American National Government ........................3

TOTAL:​ 15

Fourth Year

HIST 365—Global Power........................................................3

HIST 475—Portfolio Development ........................................1

History elective ......................................................................3

History Elective ......................................................................3

Elective ...................................................................................6

TOTAL:​ 16

COMM 431—Media Law/Ethics ............................................3

HIST 425—Exec. Leadership ..................................................3

RLGN Elective .........................................................................3

SOCI 111—Introduction to Sociology....................................3

Soc/Beh Science Elective .......................................................3

Electives .................................................................................3

TOTAL:​ 18