Department of History & Political ScienceThe Department of History and Political Science offers personal attention while preparing students for careers in government service, law, journalism, and teaching. It not only provides students with a solid foundation for graduate studies or law school, but also for a life of active citizenship.
The history and political science courses cover a wide range of cultures, social issues, and government practices and policies, providing students with an in-depth understanding of how cultures form, develop, and function. Small class sizes allow students greater opportunities for participation and interaction with professors. Additionally, students are encouraged to conduct independent research on topics of interest to them.
In addition to the in-depth courses offered in history and political science, hands-on learning is highly encouraged. Depending on students' professional career goals, internship experiences at all levels of government or in the legal profession provide invaluable opportunities to learn and become involved in the daily operations of these organizations.
Students have been involved with internships at the national government level in Washington, D.C., with state and local governments, and with the British Parliament. Pre-law students are assigned to area law offices, courts, or the prosecutor's office. Through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, AU students have the opportunity to spend a semester studying economics and domestic and international politics in Washington, D.C. Students are called to integrate their faith in a government setting, while interacting with decision-makers. The council also offers summer school at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford, England, as well as international opportunities in Russia, Egypt, and Costa Rica.
Tri-S (Study, Share, Serve) is a university-sponsored program that sends students around the world in services and learning experiences and reduces the price to a fraction of the usual cost. Political science students are encouraged to make wide us of the program. Recent trips have included traveling and serving in Australia, England, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Northern Ireland, Peru, Russia, and Calcutta.
Center for Public Service
The Center for Public Service (CPS) is an honors program for students preparing for careers in public service. A generous grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., in 1972 established the center. CPS was founded on the belief that an undergraduate program built around research and study of issues and problems offers distinctive opportunities for students preparing for public service. The cornerstone of the CPS program is personal contact for the Fellows with professionals in their career areas. In addition, CPS Fellows have the opportunity to participate in professional conferences, internships, and other off-campus learning experiences related to their career goals. The center’s approach is purposely flexible and individualized. Membership in CPS is highly competitive and based on a comprehensive application process. Students of sophomore standing or above are eligible to apply.