Commencement 2017

hps-grads-4Congratulations History & Political Science Majors in the Class of 2017!

History & Political Science Grads Receive Awards

stout-agtunong-1Two seniors from the History & Political Science Department were recognized at the University Awards Chapel on April 20, 2017.

Hannah Stout received the Phi Alpha Theta Award as the outstanding graduate in history.

Jared Agtunong received the Pi Sigma Alpha Award as the outstanding graduate in political science.

Congratulations Hannah and Jared!

Ancient Greece & Rome to the Getty Villa

img_2570Students from Dr. Lashua’s Ancient Greece and Rome class recently had the opportunity to visit the Getty Villa in order to see the museum’s many artifacts from the ancient world. After going on a tour with a Getty educator, they watched some actors comically recreate a traditional sacrifice, and then they each chose artifacts to write about for their final papers. It was a great way to learn about the Greeks and Romans from the objects they used in their daily lives!

HPS Students Present at PAT Regional Conference

pat-2017Three History & Political Majors presented their work at the Phi Alpha Theta Southern California Regional Conference at California State University Northridge on April 8, 2017:

  • Sharleen Giovanna (left) – The Philippine Fight for Independence
  • Curtis Berkompas (center) – Operation Market-Garden: A Bridge Too Far
  • Hannah Stout (right) – History of the Miniskirt and Other Factions of Counterculture Fashions

Congratulations to these students on their fine work!

Students Present at Spring Colloquium

hps-mikayla-jacobsonhps-vanessa-vanecekHistory/Poli Sci majors Mikayla Jacobson and Vanessa Vanecek were selected to present their papers at the 28th Annual Social Sciences Spring Colloquium on April 17, 2017.  The Colloquium features the presentations of exemplary student research papers from the Departments of Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology and History & Political Science.  Mikayla (pictured on the left with Dr. Kevin Walker) represented History with her paper Displacement in World War II: Child Evacuations During the Battle of Britain.  Vanessa (pictured on the right with Dr. John Wilson and Dr. Kevin Walker) represented Political Science with her paper Are You Afraid of the Dark?: How the Media Influences Our Perceptions of Crime in America.

Students Inducted into Honor Societies

The History & Political Science Department inducted students into their honor societies on November 15, 2016 .

Students inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society, are pictured at left below.  Front row:  Mikayla Jacobson, Isabella Escamilla, Stephani Perera, Kelci Noonan, and Ashley Fisher.  Back row: Ashley Vendetta, Hannah Stout, Curtis Berkompas, Vanessa Vanecek, Kyle Brown, Jillian Pascua, and Amanda Enzenauer.

Students inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, are pictured at right below:  Jillian Pascua, Curtis Berkompas, Amanda Enzenauer.

Congratulations to these students!



Congratulations to HPS Major Alwin Nocom

Alwin Nocom, History/Political Science major, represented California in the 2016 International History Olympiad held in University of Hawaii at Manoa in July.  He won a number of medals in different Alwin1competitions which were awarded in a closing ceremony on board the battleship USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor.

1. World Champion/Gold Medalist – International History Bowl World Championship
2. Gold Medalist – Ancient History
3. Silver Medalist – Cold War History
4. Silver Medalist – Naval History
5. World Championship/Bronze Medalist – International History Bee World Championship
6. Bronze Medalist – Recent History
7. Bronze Medalist – Geography

Congratulations Alwin!










Commencement 2016

0760-1Congratulations to the 2015-16 History & Political Science graduates!  Pictured here are some of the graduates along with Dr. John Wilson and Dr. Kevin Walker.

HPS Students Receive Awards

IMG_2131IMG_2154The University Awards Chapel was held on April 21, 2016.  Three students from the History & Political Science Department received awards at this ceremony.  The recipient of the Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the Outstanding Student in Political Science was Naomi Blagaila.  The Phi Alpha Theta Award for the Outstanding Student in History was shared by two students, Cassidee Platner and Isaac Swanson.  These award recipients will have their names engraved on perpetual plates in the Social Science Office.

2016 Spring Colloquium

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe 27th Annual Social Sciences Spring Colloquium was held on April 18, 2016.  This is a night of oral presentations featuring outstanding student research papers from Anthropology, Sociology, History & Political Science and Psychology majors.  Isaac Swanson was selected from the History & Political Science Department to present his paper “Knights in Shining Armor or Thugs with a Sword:  The Shattering of the Medieval Myth.”  Excellent presentation Isaac!