The History and Political Studies Department offers four major programs and six minors that give students a balanced education in American, European, and world history and politics. A bachelor's degree from this department prepares students for a wide range of careers or graduate work through a solid knowledge of their field, advanced critical thinking and analytical skills, and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
The History and Political Studies Department expects students in its classes to demonstrate scholarly integrity. Plagiarism and other forms of cheating are not tolerated. This means, in essence, that students present work that is their own unless cooperative work or use of prepared notes for an exam has been explicitly approved. Plagiarism may be defined as incorporating the ideas or words of writers into a class paper without proper attribution. When in doubt about what constitutes plagiarism, consult your instructor. Penalties for violation will be at the instructor's discretion and will range from no credit for an assignment to failure of the class. For more on academic honesty, refer to the Undergraduate Catalog or follow this link to the online version of the catalog.