Why major in History/Political Science?

A combined major in history and political science at UPIKE helps students develop critical thinking and writing skills applicable to a variety of career and graduate school paths. As a student, you’ll analyze human experience from multiple perspectives. This major is ideal for students who seek to develop research and writing skills and who are interested in taking an interdisciplinary approach to learning.

UPIKE Student in history class taking notes

Program Distinctives

Courses in the history/political science program focus on two complementary fields and offer hands-on learning opportunities like performing original research and giving presentations. Additionally, UPIKE provides a variety of seminar opportunities through The Washington Center. Each January, students have the chance to spend two weeks in Washington, D.C., studying politics and media. A seminar held each May focuses on national security. UPIKE also provides internship opportunities in Washington, D.C., and Frankfort, Ky.

Professor teaches political science class.

Interesting Courses

The Washington Center
This two-week seminar in Washington, D.C. provides an opportunity for students to interact with practitioners and academics in politics and media.

PLS 448 Development in 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.

Two students studying in Benefactors Plaza.

Student Learning Outcomes

Earning a degree in history/political science from UPIKE allows you to demonstrate knowledge of political science and the history of diverse cultures, understand how history and political science are interrelated, develop writing and analytical skills, take on an enlightened role in public affairs and the workforce, and prepare for graduate and professional programs.

Career paths in History/Political Science

Library Director
Museum Director
Political Campaign Manager
Public Analyst

Where Recent Graduates have gone to work or study

Appalachian School of Law
Charlotte School of Law
Eastern Kentucky University
Mary Todd Lincoln House
Morehead State University
Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Somerset Community College
University of Dayton School of Law
University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky College of Law
University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law


“I chose history and political science as a major because I loved all things US history. But little did I know at the time, the things I first studied in depth in college, such as the U.S. Constitution, would become the foundation of my career. My degree opened the door to law school. Today, I am the First Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 35th Judicial Circuit (Pike County) with nearly ten years of experience in felony prosecution.”



Tyler Ralston, Ph.D.

Professor of History
(606) 218-5114