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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate 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 Eve Wade
CIP Code 30.4601

The major in History & Politics emphasizes research, writing, and critical thinking to prepare students for effective participation in civic affairs and public life. Typical careers that flow from this major include careers in education, business, non-profits, government, and law. This major is also an excellent preparation for graduate school in history, law, and history education


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), Exercise Science (EXSC), Geography (GEOG), 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: 50-53

Concentrations: 15-18

Select from one of the following concentrations:

  • Politics
  • History

Politics Concentration: 15-18

(Choose One)

Select American Studies OR Pre-Law Studies

American Studies: 15-18

  • 3 credits
  • GlobalEd in Washington, DC

    • Public Policy 3 credits
    • Christian Civility 3 credits
    • ​PSCI 4948 American Studies Internships 6-9 credits*

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

History Concentration: 15

Select any Upper Division Traditional or Non-Traditional courses

  • HIST 3xxx/4xxx Upper Division History elective 6 credits
  • HIST 3xxx/4xxx Upper Division Non-Traditional History elective 6 credits

General Electives: 12-15

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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