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Academic Programs

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.
Academic Integrity
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. 

Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA)

Take advantage of Southern Adventist University's Study Abroad programs!

For more information, visit the Study Abroad page.

Internships offer students workplace experience, exposure to interesting careers, and opportunities for networking with individuals who can facilitate future job searches. Internships may be done for college credit (charged the regular rate of tuition), or one may forgo credit. A political science minor requires at least nine hours of internship with a governmental entity at the federal, state, or local level, or with an approved nongovernmental organization. Students with an interest in law may wish to intern for a public defender or private attorney.

Internships require maturity and a sound work ethic. Normally, organizations want interns to have completed at least two years of college. Students typically participate in internships during the summer after the sophomore or junior years. However, students desiring a longer experience can devote an entire fall or spring semester to an internship. 

The ability to seek out an internship represents the sort of initiative that lends confidence to departmental recommendation of a student. Thus, the department does not place students in internships and reserves the right to withhold its recommendation to a student it feels unsuited to a particular placement.

For more information about possible internship opportunities, visit our Internships page.