At Southwestern, our students are encouraged to not only learn about history, but to actively shape and define it. With a highly interactive curriculum supported by exceptionally engaging professors, students develop their critical thinking through tools and practice that ready them for all walks of life.  Our courses are designed to help develop a broad and applicable understanding of the sweep and span of the globe’s historical, cultural, and governmental realities. We shed new light on the world’s current events by studying its origins in history, politics, and society, granting students the ability to not only anticipate what may come, but influence the outcome.

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Programs

History (B.A.)

A degree in History is very pliable. It affords graduates an opportunity to get into a variety of careers, ranging from education and business to writing and public service. The most obvious choice for many History majors is teaching, either in SDA or public schools. While History paired with education courses and certification prepares students to teach, many will choose to also add graduate courses later. If you don't want to teach, a degree in History produces exactly the type of graduate the American and international business communities are looking for—people who can think about trends, explore options, and put initiatives into effect.

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!) 

History (B.A.) (Secondary Teaching Area)

This is the "go-to" degree for students who love history and are sure they want to teach. It combines the traditional disciplines of history, historical research, and analysis with classes in education that focus on pedagogy, classroom management, and class preparation. Because history is a "social science," it is less constrictive than hard sciences in its classroom delivery, allowing room for a great deal of creativity in teaching. Note: students choosing this degree must also be accepted into the Education Program and consult with an Education Department advisor as well as a History advisor.

Social Studies (B.S.) (Secondary Teaching Area)

This a great degree for students who love history and the related fields of political science and government, geography, and economics and are also sure they want to teach. It combines classes in all of those disciplines with classes in education that focus on pedagogy, classroom management, and class preparation. Teaching the various fields of social studies allows room for a great deal of creativity in teaching. Note: students choosing this degree must also be accepted into the Education Program and consult with an Education Department advisor as well as a History advisor. 

Social Science (B.S.)

A Social Science degree from Southwestern is the lesser-known brother of the History degree. With concentrations in political science, economics and geography, as well as history, graduates with Social Science degrees can do everything those with History degrees can do—and more. Those multiple concentrations make Social Science degree holders especially attractive to a small school. Plus, a Social Science degree is the preferred degree for students wanting to go on to law school.

Your Future

Careers

Highly versatile, a degree in history or social science grants you the intellectual tools you need to succeed not only as a social studies educator - a profession that is currently growing at 13% per year in the U.S. - but as a public servant, a politician, a government worker or an expert in public policy, diplomacy, non-profit and non-governmental organizations and more.

Sample Job Titles

  • Teacher
  • Diplomat
  • Journalist
  • Politician
  • Author 
  • Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Editor

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Faculty Profiles

Steve Jones, PhD

History & Social Science
Professor and Department Chair
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Elizabeth Bowser, MA

History & Social Science
Assistant Professor
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