Students Inducted in Honor Societies

PAT/PSA Induction 2013 On November 12, 2013, the History & Political Science Department inducted nine students into their honor societies.  To qualify for membership, students must have a cumulative and departmental GPA of 3.0 and must have completed at least four history or political science courses prior to induction.

New members of Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society, are Brittany Banks, Justin Burtis, Abimael Cadenas, Isabel Carpenter, Lindsey Harter, Kathryn Love, Jennifer Manning, Jared Miller, and Emily Wilson.

Inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, are Brittany Banks, Isabel Carpenter, Kathryn Love, and Jennifer Manning.

Congratulations to these outstanding students!

Political Science Professor Publishes Essay

Kevin WalkerDr. Kevin Walker, Assistant Professor of History & Political Science, recently published an essay “Between Divine Law and Modern Secularism: How the West Might Understand Islam Better for Knowing Itself,” a chapter in Liberty and Security in an Age of Terrorism, United States of America: Commonwealth Security Studies Laboratory.  Please click here to read the essay:

Between Divine Law and Modern Secularism

Students attend AEI Conference

History & Political Science majors Jonathan Dumas and Chris Rivera (pictured here with Dr. Darren Guerra) were invited to participate in a three-day conference in June, 2013 hosted by the American Enterprise Institute which is a leading think tank in Washington D.C.  Led by Josh Good of the Values and Capitalism Project, the conference sought to engage students on a variety of topics involving politics, faith, and economics.  They were joined by 25 faculty and 65 students from other Christian colleges from across the country.  During the conference they heard from public intellectuals such as Arthur Brooks, Charles Murray, Christina Hoff-Summers, Micheal Cromartie, Ramesh Ponnuru and many others.  It is a chance for students from Evangelical Christian colleges to hone their ability to think critically and carefully about the great issues of our day.

Dr. Guerra Publishes Book

Guerra BookDr. Darren Patrick Guerra, Political Science professor, has written a book “Perfecting the Constitution: The Case for the Article V Amendment Process” (Lexington Books, June 2013).  This book shows that Article V is a unique and powerful extension of the American tradition of written constitutionalism.




History & Political Science Award Recipients

The History & Political Science Department is pleased to announce the recipients of the departmental honors at the Awards Chapel on April 25, 2013.

Colin Moore HistoryThe Phi Alpha Theta Award for theChris Jonker Political ScienceOutstanding Student in History was given to Colin Moore (left).

And the Pi Sigma Alpha Award recognizing the Outstanding Student in Political Science went to Christopher Jonker (right).

Both students are pictured with Dr. John Wilson, History & Political Science Department Chair.  Congratulations!

Spring Colloquium 2013

Two History & Political Science majors were selected to present their papers at the 23rd Annual Social Sciences Spring Colloquium on Monday, April 15, 2013.

2013 Colloquium 016 - 4Christopher Jonker presented the paper he 2013 Colloquium 021 - 2wrote for his Twentieth-Century Europe class titled “The Soviet Crusade Against Religion: Soviet and Russian Orthodox Relations.”  Jennifer Manning represented Political Science with the paper she wrote for her Film & Politics class titled “Elizabeth.”




Like the Movie “42”?

The big spring movie is “42,” the story of Jackie Robinson’s breakthrough 1947 season with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball and paved the way for the civil rights movement over the next two decades.  The movie focuses on about 18 months of his life.  For the full story, Vanguard professor John Wilson has written “Jackie Robinson and the American Dilemma” (Longman’s, 2010).  A brief, accessible survey of Robinson’s life designed as collateral reading in college courses, the book emphasizes the impact of Robinson’s Christian beliefs on the “great experiment” and its success. If the movie piques your interest, check out the whole story!Jackie Robinson

2013 Spring Colloquium

You are invited to the 24th Annual Social Sciences Spring Colloquium on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Commission Hall.  Students will present exemplary research papers in Anthropology, Sociology, History, Political Science, and Psychology.  Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Kevin Walker Presenting at MPSA

Dr. Kevin Walker, Assistant Professor of History and Political Science, will be presenting at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference on April 11, 2013.  His paper is titled “When Progress Had an End:  Happiness and Historicism in the Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson.”  This paper is an exploration of Thomas Jefferson’s understanding of the relationship between the principles of the Declaration of Independence and his vision of human perfectibility.  For those who are interested in reading his paper, click on the link below.

Con Law Class Judicial Simulation

On March 13, 2013, Dr. Darren Guerra’s Constitutional Law class participated in a judicial simulation of the United States Supreme Court case Snyder vs. Phelps.  Students were assigned a role to serve as either an attorney or as a judge on the court and had to write an oral argument or a decision depending on their role in the simulation.Snyder v Phelps