History, Politics, Languages and Cultures Department
The Bachelor of Arts degree in history provides a student the opportunity to focus on a particular area of historical inquiry while, at the same time, becoming familiar with a number of the major fields of historical study. History courses develop a student's abilities to read analytically, write professionally, speak in public, and think critically. As one of the time-honored, traditional liberal arts, History provides a student the opportunity to understand the world in which he or she lives, as well as the context within which culture develops. History graduates have been successful in a wide range of occupations including law school, government, education, social services, museums, archives, and the history profession itself.
The Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies (BAIS) degree program is an appealing alternative for students who have: 1) unique career goals which cannot be met through any other course of study at the University and 2) circumstances which preclude the completion of another degree program in the traditional manner.
Political Science students at Edinboro University develop a broad and sophisticated understanding of politics, including knowledge of American politics, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory. Students develop skills in critical thinking, research, and oral and written communication. In class and through an optional internship experience, students learn to use their knowledge and developed skills to address real life problems in politics and policy and are prepared to serve in roles of responsibility in the community. Political Science students are prepared to work in almost any field, but are especially suited for careers in government, political advocacy, non-governmental organizations, and law.
The minor in German is designed to give students a thorough grounding in German language and culture. A minor in German is a useful addition to any field of study and is recommended for students who plan on working or living abroad in a German-speaking country. Demonstrated language ability is also a requirement for many graduate programs.
A minor in history (6 individually selected courses) is an excellent program to complement those majors which are directed towards specific technical skills. New careers continually are opening. A combination of history with other disciplines leads to expansion and diversification within a variety of careers which provides the graduate better opportunity for advancement within a profession and preparation for new careers as these arise.
The Latin American Studies (LAS) minor is an interdisciplinary program that is designed to expose students to various topics in and related to Latin America. With courses in a wide range of disciplines students are introduced to the region's culture from multiple perspectives.
Students who minor in political science receive a thorough introduction to the major principles and dynamics of politics-- that is, the gathering and use of power by individuals, groups, and governments within and across societies. In addition, political science minors have the freedom to take specialized upper-level political science courses in an area of particular interest. A minor in political science is a useful and marketable addition to the education of students in any major.
The pre-law minor provides students with a broad, timely, and liberal-arts-based introduction to law and legal systems and the impact of law on modern society. Beyond satisfying a general interest in the law, the minor benefits students of any degree program interested in pursuing a law-related career. Students may satisfy the minor’s requirements by taking courses in political science, business administration, criminal justice, communication studies, personal financial planning, philosophy, and psychology.
The pre-law minor is part of a broad array of pre-law and legal studies-focused programming at Edinboro University. For more information, please consult “Preparing for Law School” within the History, Politics, Languages and Cultures Department section of the catalog.
The Spanish Minor provides students the opportunity to study the Spanish language as well as the diverse cultures of Latin America and Spain.