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GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. The History and Government Department offers an interdisciplinary degree program in history and government with sequences in:
    • History (BA or BS) and
    • Government (Political Science) (BA or BS).
  2. The history sequence has two tracks:
    • History (General) and
    • History Education (Social Studies).

GENERAL HISTORY TRACK

The program consists of 42 credits in history course work. 18 credits must be in survey courses, another 18 credits are in upper-level courses, and the other six credits are for the capstone senior seminars. Note that these courses are to be taken sequentially, with most of the survey courses taken before the upper-level courses. Choice of courses must be made in full cooperation with the assigned faculty advisor to ensure successful and timely completion of degree requirements, and to prepare for the two senior seminars (comprehensive examination and the thesis paper).

HISTORY EDUCATION (SOCIAL STUDIES) TRACK

The student-educator candidate must meet the criteria set both by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and Bowie State University. In terms of credits, the student must complete 36 credits in history, 34 credits in professional education, and 24 credits in the social and behavioral sciences. The credits in history are as follows: 18 credits in history survey courses, 15 credits of upper-level courses in history, and HIST 497: Senior Seminar. 33 credits of both survey and upper-level courses should be taken and completed before the candidate can register for HIST 497. All students in history (social studies) education are required to receive a departmental evaluation from the assigned faculty committee to determine individual performance and the future ability to continue in the education program.

HISTORY PROGRAM COORDINATOR:

Dr. Mario Fenyo
Department of History and Government
Bowie State University
Bowie, MD 20715
mfenyo@bowiestate.edu
301-860-3607

GOVERNMENT (POLITICAL SCIENCE) SEQUENCE

The government concentration is designed to enhance students' liberal arts education, and also to nurture an understanding of the role of government and citizens in a polity. Political science is "the study of governments, public policies, and political behaviors," and it "uses both humanistic and scientific perspectives and skills to examine all countries and regions of the world," according to the American Political Science Association (APSA). The professional or expert in the field is known as a "political scientist," whose business or discipline is to "study politics, government, and public policies." Political scientists "enjoy a versatility of skills and a marvelous range of exciting careers in the federal, state, and local government sectors; law; business; internal organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; political campaign management and polling; journalism; pre-collegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching." To this end, the program puts an emphasis on the core themes and subjects that fall within the sub-fields.

Students in this program must successfully complete the following: 45 credits in government courses as stipulated and two courses each from the three sub-fields (Political Philosophy and Theory, American Government and Politics, and Comparative Politics and International Relations). Studying these diverse disciplines leads to improved analytical and critical skills (both administrative and managerial), as well as leadership competencies, a deep sense of public and community service, and sharpened communicative abilities with people-centered interest and focus.

Government Program Coordinator and Pre-Law Program Advisor:

Dr. Joseph Kum, Associate Professor
Department of History and Government
Bowie State University
Bowie, MD 20715
jkum@bowiestate.edu
301-860-3608

BACHELOR OF ARTS AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

The department's academic program aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the complex historical, social, economic, and political forces within society, and it seeks to promote students' critical thinking skills. Students who choose the history or government concentration may pursue the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Students in the history (social studies) education concentration must pursue the BS degree. To receive the BA or BS degree in history or government, the student must complete 120 credits of course work. To receive the BS degree in the history (social studies) education concentration, students must complete 128 credits of course work.

Students who wish to earn the BA degree are required to complete 12 semester hours of a foreign or second language other than English in addition to fulfilling the other academic requirements. The BA degree in history and government requires a minimum of 42 credits in history for history majors and 45 credits in government for government majors. The BS degree requires 36 credits of history for majors in the history (social studies) education concentration.

Students who pursue concentrations in history and government, or develop interests in any of the minor programs, must earn the grade of C or higher in departmental courses.