The department of history/political science engages students with these two disciplines in the context of a Christian worldview. Students will become familiar with the cultural, political, economic, social, and religious development of world civilizations. This familiarity will enhance their ability to understand and evaluate the historical origins of contemporary society and culture as well as the political processes of human social institutions. Serious engagement with a body of literature and schools of thought will deepen students’ appreciation for the past, serve as a gateway to the present, and provide the intellectual tools for further study.
History and political science graduates should be able to describe the cultural, political, economic, social and religious development of world civilizations.
The History/Political Science minor merges these two subjects in the context of a Christian worldview. Students receive the minor by taking 21 credits of History and Political Science courses, of which 12 credits must be taken at Vanguard University.
The Pre-Law Studies minor equips students with a theoretical and practical introduction to the study of law and society. The minor includes coursework in law, political science, sociology, business, history and communication. With the interdisciplinary nature of the minor, students benefit by selecting electives from a variety of academic disciplines.
Public Policy is an interdisciplinary social science minor established to equip students with the theoretical perspective, analytic skill and substantive knowledge needed to deal with domestic and global policy problems. Vanguard alumnus Nathan Gonzales (’00), editor and publisher of Inside Elections and top political analyst and consultant to national news networks, encourages all students to take public policy courses so as to actively participate in and shape political debate from a well-informed perspective.