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.

What can I do with a history/political science degree from the University of Pikeville?
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.

History/Political Science at the University of Pikeville
The history and history/political science programs are 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.

History/Political Science Degree Options
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
History/Political Science Careers
Arts Conservator
Library Director
Museum Director
Public Analyst
Public Relations Specialist



PLS 223 United States Government and Politics
A study of the government of the United States, its structure and functions. Prerequisite: ENG 099 or placement beyond.

PLS 323 Comparative Government
A study of foreign governments. Prerequisite: PLS 223.

PLS 325 Political Communication
This course studies communication as it serves the political system, society, and Americans as individuals. Topics include communication in the governing process and in campaigns, and communication as a way of expressing and reinforcing political values. Specific goals: to understand the roles and functions of communication in American politics; to identify the variables and actors in political communication; and to investigate the roles of the mass media in American politics. Prerequisites: ENG 112 or ENG 115 and COM 225 and PLS 223. Cross-listed as COM 325.

PLS 423 International Relations
A study of the state system, national power, the balance of power, nationalism, imperialism and colonialism, war as an instrument of national policy, economic instruments of national policy, diplomacy, collective security, international law and organization, and regional integration. Prerequisite: PLS 223.

PLS 448 The Development of the American Constitution
A study of the development of the Constitution of the United States and its interpretation as a result of judicial interpretation, statutes, and amendments. Prerequisites: HIS 225 and HIS 226 or PLS 223.

PLS 455 American Chief Executive
A study of the American Chief Executive. The course will focus on the development of the Presidency as an institution and as an expression of the men who have held the office. Prerequisites: HIS 225 and HIS 226 or PLS 223.
PLS 490 Special Topics
A study of a selected topic of special interest. The topic may be proposed by either the Instructor or students, and may be taken for credit any number of times, provided a different topic is studied each time. Prerequisites: Twelve hours of political science and/or permission of the Instructor.

PLS 495 Seminar in Political Science
An intensive course in research methods and analysis of a selected topic of historical and political significance. Prerequisites: PLS 223 and consent of Instructor. May be cross-listed as HIS 495.

PLS 497 Political Science Internship
This is a supervised experiential learning course. It is intended to enhance the classroom experience. Prerequisites: 3 hours of political science and the consent of the Instructor, Division Chair, and Dean. It may be repeated for up to 9 hours of credit. Only 3 hours may count toward the history/political science major.

PLS 498 Pre-Law Internship

PLS 499 Directed Individual Study in Political Science
With the consent of the Division Chair, seniors may pursue an approved course of independent study in a field of political science. Required will be weekly reports to the instructor, a paper or papers, embodying the results of study, and an examination. Prerequisites: PLS 223 and consent of Instructor, Division Chair, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Name: Nancy Cade
Title: Chair, Division of Social Sciences/Davenport Distinguished Professor of History/Political Science
Email: NancyCade@upike.edu
Phone: 606.218.5007
Office: Armington 450

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