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

Dr. Kevin Walker to Present Paper

Dr. Kevin Walker, Assistant Professor of History and Political Science, will be presenting a paper on “Education in the ‘Strenuous Life’: How American Progressives Rejected Liberal Arts Education and Ended up with Militarism” at Westmont College for the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts on Friday, February 22.  For those who are interested in reading his paper, click on the link below.


Guest Lecturer from AEI

The History & Political Science Department will be hosting a lecture by Josh Good, Program Manager for the Values & Capitalism Project at the American Enterprise Institute, on Thursday, November 29, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in Needham Chapel.  He will be speaking on the topic “Helping the Poor Without Hurting: How Free Enterprise Reframes Social Policy.”

History & Political Science Induction Ceremony

The History & Political Science Department will be inducting students into their honor societies on Wednesday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Commission Hall.

Phi Alpha Theta is the international history honor society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.  Being inducted into Phi Alpha Theta are Jonathan Beck, Vasili Brasinikas, Tyler Briscoe, Karina Contreras, Rebecca Dattilo, Tyler De La Houssaye, Christopher Jonker, Yaroslav Klyonov, Michael Lamb, Audrie Maynard, Adrian Michael and Kevin Paschall.

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society founded to encourage and recognize superior achievement in the study of government and politics at the undergraduate and graduate level.  Vasili Brasinikas, Tyler Briscoe, Rebecca Dattilo, Christian Fulmer, Christopher Jonker, Michael Lamb, Adrian Michael, Kevin Paschall and Alex Pass will be inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha.

Congratulations to all of these students!

HPS Movie Night

The History & Political Science Department will be hosting a Movie Night on Friday, September 28, at 7:00 p.m. in HTH 100.  Enjoy a Cold War classic from 1984.  “Red Dawn” is the fictional tale of a Russian invasion of the USA and the brave teenagers who fought them.  Free food and drinks!  Everyone welcome!

Welcome/Welcome Back Party

All History & Political Science majors are invited to a Welcome/Welcome Back Party on Tuesday, September 4, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Great Commission Hall (2nd floor of Heath).  Games, snacks and fun!

HPS 2012 Outstanding Student Awards

Each year the History & Political Science Department presents two awards to graduating seniors.

Elijah Dove received the 2012 Phi Alpha Theta Award as the Outstanding Graduate in History.




David Vazquez 2012 Outstanding Political Science StudentAnd David Vazquez was presented with the 2012 Pi Sigma Alpha Award as the Outstanding Student in Political Science.

Congratulations Elijah and David!

HPS Present at Spring Colloquium

Daniel Waite 2012 Spring Colloquium

The 23rd Annual Spring Colloquium was held on April 16, 2012 featuring the presentations of exemplary student research papers.   Two students were selected from the History & Political Science Department to present their work.  Daniel Waite, with his emphasis on History, presented his paper “The My Lai Massacre.”



Maria Torres 2012 Spring Colloquium

And representing Political Science was Maria Torres with her paper entitled “Eugenics: Who Can Straighten What God Has Made Crooked.”