Why Should I Major In History/Political Science?
Majoring in history/political science is a more practical choice than students may think. That is because the multidisciplinary nature of the major allows students to take the long view and examine the causes, results and chronologies of events. Additionally, history/political science helps them analyze human experience from multiple perspectives. Professors teach students how to analyze written, oral, visual and material evidence and stress the development of communication skills and critical thinking. These skills are adaptable to a variety of occupations and are in demand in today’s world. Companies are eager to hire people who can communicate effectively through the written and spoken word and who are experienced at analyzing large amounts of information.
A history/political science background provides an excellent foundation for those who seek careers in government, law, journalism and other occupations. The versatility and success of the University of Pikeville history/political science majors are evident in the wide variety of occupations they pursue after graduating. With further specialization, some go into teaching at the college level. A large number of graduates become lawyers, one of the more traditional careers sought by history/political science majors, since a good lawyer not only has to know the law but understand where it originated and how it was developed. History/political science backgrounds are often viewed as particularly helpful to those seeking legal careers or with political aspirations.
- Arts Conservator
- Library Director
- Museum Director
- Public Analyst
- Public Relations Specialist
*Some of these careers require additional education or experience.
Gainful Employment Disclosure
The history/political science major is offered through the Division of Social Sciences. This major focuses on the processes of institutional change within societies. Recognizing that human experience is continuous, history seeks to understand how people lived in the past and how their institutions shaped their world and our own. The major in history/political science further addresses these issues, with particular emphasis on the political process and its consequences.
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Stephen P. Budney
Nancy J. Cade