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2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

History and Politics, BA

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College Arts and Sciences
Academic Award Bachelor of Arts
Credits Required 125 semester credits
Faculty Lead Andrew Kaufmann
CIP Code 30.4630

The history and politics major prepares students for effective participation in civic affairs and public life. Typical careers that flow from this major include careers in government, business, non-profits, law, and education. This major is also an excellent preparation for graduate school in history, law, political science, public policy, and other fields related to the public and private sectors. 


Graduates with a degree in History and Politics will be able to:

  1. Create a research plan based on primary and secondary sources.
  2. Synthesize research in oral and written presentations.
  3. Analyze contemporary issues through historical reasoning.
  4. Illustrate the role of traditionally excluded people in society.
  5. Integrate the Christian faith into the study of history and politics.

Core Curriculum Requirements: 60

Humanities: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions    for applicability)

  • ENGL xxx3 Any Literature course 3 credits
  • HIST   xxx3 Any Course in History 3 credits
  • 3 additional credits selected from the following 3 credits
    • Art (ARTE), Bible (BIBL), Drama (DRAM), English (ENGL), History (HIST), Language (LANG), Music (MUSI), or Theology (THEO)

Social Sciences: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions  for applicability)

  • Select a minimum of two disciplines from the following: 9 credits
    • Business Administration (BUSM), Communication (except COMM 1213), Economics, Education (EDUC), Geography (GEOG), Health & Fitness (PEDU), Information Technology (INTC), Management (BMGT), Marketing (BMKT), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSYC), Sociology/Anthropology (SOCI), or User Experience Design (UXDE)

Science and Mathematics: 7

  • MATH xxxx - College-level Mathematics 3 credits
  • SCIE xxxx - Science course with Lab 4 credits

Formation and Calling: 6

Professional Readiness: 2

Two Core Curriculum elective credits are required to be Career Readiness credits. These credits can be earned by taking a combination of Career Readiness Courses and introductory internship and/or job shadowing experiences. 

  • This two-credit requirement is waived for students who transfer 60 or more credits to NU
  • Students with 47-59 transfer credits are required to take one Career Readiness credit

Core Electives: 6

Select any college-level courses

History and Politics Major Core Requirements: 46-49

Upper Division Concentrations: 15-16

Select from one of the following concentrations:

General Studies: 15

  • Upper Division Political Thought 3 credits
  • Upper Division Law, Culture, and Society 3 credits
  • Upper Division Global Studies 3 credits
  • Upper Division Electives 6 credits

American Studies: 15-16

GlobalEd in Washington, DC

  • ​PSCI 4948 American Studies Internships 8-9 credits*
  • PSCI 4991 Professional Mentorship (optional) 1 credit

*Students who complete the American Studies concentration will be exempt from the internship requirement for the major.

Strategic Communication Track

  • PSCI 48x3 Case Studies in Strategic Communication 3 credits
  • PSCI 48x3 Christian Public Engagement for Communicators: Contemporary Perspectives and Practices 3 credits
Public Policy Track: 6

  • PSCI 48x3 The Politics of Public Policy 3 credits
  • PSCI 48x3 Christian Polticial Engagement: Contemporary Practices and Perspectives 3 credits

General Electives: 16-19

Any college-level courses or students may choose a minor course of study in another subject area.

Total: 125 Semester Credits

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