History and Political Science B.A.

  1. Students will assess the history of the United States and identify their roles as active citizens in our country's political institutions.
  2.  Students will apply the qualitative and/or quantitative research methods, effectively using primary and secondary sources, interviews, libraries, and databases (as appropriate).
  3. Students will demonstrate their communication skills by organizing and explaining their thoughts clearly and coherently both orally and in writing.
  4. Students will develop critical historical and political analysis, including incorporating diverse voices into existing frameworks of historical and political theory.
  5. Students will integrate coursework with their Christian faith by applying a biblical lens to historical and political analysis.
Core Curriculum Requirements 141
History/Political Science Major Requirements 257
General Electives22
Total Units120

History and Political Science Major

Survey of the Field:
HIST-156CU.S. History 23
HIST-203CWorld Civilizations I 23
HIST-204CWorld Civilization II3
POLS-155CAmerican Democracy3
HIST/POLS-262Research Methods in Hist/Poli Science 2,33
SOC-265CIntroduction to Behavioral Statistics 2,73
Electives: Upper division U.S. History and Political Science 4
Select nine units from the following:9
Chicano History
Teaching History/Multicultural Setting
U.S. Military History
History and Geography of California
Women in American History
America From Colony to Nation
U.S. 1945-1963: Good Old Days
U.S. Since 1963: Contemp America History History
History of Pentecostalism
Topics/Amer Relg Hist:
History Teaching Internship 5
History and Political Science Internship 5
Research Assistantship 5
Special Topic: U.S.:
Political Psychology
Race, Identity & Politics
Immigrants in American Politics
Gender & Politics
U.S. Foreign Policy
Political Parties, Campaigns & Elections
Constitutional Law
Public Policy Issues
Political Science Teaching Internship 5
History/Political Science Internship 5
U.S. Congress and Representation
Research Assistantship 5
Special Topic: U.S.:
U.S. Presidents and the Presidency
Electives: Upper division non-U.S. History and Political Science 4
Select nine units from the following courses; at least three units must be non-Western or World History: 69
Twentieth-Century Europe
Modern China 6
Imperial China 6
History of England
The British Empire 6
Latin America
History of Mexico
Late Roman-Byzantine Empire
The Birth of Modern Europe
Ancient Greece and Rome
The Revolutionary Atlantic 6
The History of Human Rights 6
The History of Childhood 6
History Teaching Internship 5
Renaissance and Reformation
History and Political Science Internship 5
Research Assistantship 5
Special Topic: Non-U.S.
Comparative Political Thought
Comparative Politics 6
Political Science Teaching Internship 5
History/Political Science Internship 5
Research Assistantship 5
Special Topic: Non-U.S.:
International Politics
Electives: Upper division History or Political Science
Select 18 units from the courses listed above (unrestricted).18
Capstone Course:
HIST-490CSenior Seminar3
Total Units57

Number of units required from the Core Curriculum not included in the major requirements below. 


Twelve of the 57 units count toward Core Curriculum


Satisfies ENGL-220C Researched Writing Core Curriculum requirement. If ENGL-220C Researched Writing was taken before a History/Political Science major was declared, it will be an acceptable substitution.


A minimum of six units in History and six units in Political Science must be part of the upper division electives.


Maximum six hours count toward the 36-hours content requirement


Satisfies the three units of the non-Western or World History requirement.


Satisfies the Core Math Requirement.

  An exit interview is required of all graduating seniors.

Disclaimer: This sample Four Year Plan is provided as a guide for the recommended sequencing of courses. Vanguard University requires that students complete a minimum of 120 units of required course work as outlined on the Requirements tab in order to receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with the department the course rotation before enrolling in courses. If applicable, please note the footnotes at the bottom of the page for additional information related to courses listed in a particular year and term. Questions, contact the Department of History and Political Science.

Study Abroad Participation: Students interested in participating in the university's Study Abroad programs are encouraged to reach out to the Global Education and Outreach Office for more information and collaboration in their academic course planning. Students using Education and Training Benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs are encouraged to also reach out to the School Certifying Official for more information regarding how benefits can be applied.


Plan of Study Grid
Year 1 Term 1Units
CORE-100C Cornerstone 1
KINE-148C Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Lecture 3
ENGL-120C Persuasive Writing 3
HIST-156C U.S. History 3
THEO-101C Foundations of Christian Life 3
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
Year 1 Term 2
NT-101C New Testament Survey 3
POLS-155C American Democracy 3
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
SOC-265C Introduction to Behavioral Statistics 3
FINA-PLCRFine Arts Core Curriculum Requirement 3
Year 2 Term 1
HIST-203C World Civilizations I 3
HIST-262 Research Methods in Hist/Poli Science 3
COMM-201C Speech Composition and Presentation 3
ENGL-230C Literature and the Human Experience 3
NSCI-PLCRScience Lec/Lab Requirement 4
Year 2 Term 2
HIST-204C World Civilization II 3
OT-201C Old Testament Survey 3
HSPS-PLHD9History Political Science Elective 9 Uni 9
Year 3 Term 1
THEO-300C Developing a Christian World View 3
HSPS-PLHD6History Political Science Electives 6
ELCT-PLHD6Electives 6 Units 6
Year 3 Term 2
HSPS-PLHD9History Political Science Elective 9 Uni 9
ELCT-PLHD6Electives 6 Units 6
Year 4 Term 1
CHIS-400C Christian Heritage 3
HSPS-PLHD9History Political Science Elective 9 Uni 9
ELCT-PLHD3AGeneral Elective 3 Units 3
Year 4 Term 2
HIST-490C Senior Seminar 3
HSPS-PLHD3History/Political Science Elective 3u 3
ELCT-PLHD7Electives 7 Units 7
 Total Units120