Undergraduate Catalog

Colleges

Department of History and Political Science

Dr. Jeff Woods, Head
Witherspoon Hall, Room 255
(479) 968-0265
jwoods@atu.edu

Professors:
Busch, DeBlack, Jenkins, Mitchell, Tarver
Associate Professors:
Dykema, Link, Moses, Roberts, Woods
Assistant Professors:
Gleason, Housenick, Neel, Pearson, Rogers, Swain

A baccalaureate degree in history or political science offers excellent preparation for careers in government and education, further study in graduate school or law school, and careers in the private sector of the economy. The baccalaureate degree in public history prepares students for careers in historic preservation as well as museum and archive management. Students interested in becoming teachers may also elect to work toward social studies secondary teaching licensure. In addition, the department offers minors in geography, history, philosophy, political science, strategic studies and pre-law.

The history degree requires thirty nine semester hours in courses in addition to the required General Education courses. In the General Education requirements, history majors are required to take the two-course sequence in World Civilization (HIST 1503, HIST 1513), and the two-course sequence in American history (HIST 2003, HIST 2013). The thirty nine semester hours required for the history degree include the introductory courses in political science and economics (POLS 2003, ECON 2003). Regional Geography of the World (GEOG 2013), three hours of a foreign language or speech, the introduction to anthropology or sociology (ANTH 2003 or SOC 1003), Historical Methods (HIST 2513), Arkansas History (HIST 4153), and Senior Seminar (HIST 4963). Fifteen additional semester hours must be 3000-4000 level history courses with at least six hours in U.S. History and six hours in World/European History.

The political science degree requires thirty nine additional semester hours beyond the General Education requirements. ; In the General Education requirements, political science majors are required to take the two-course sequence in American history (HIST 2003,HIST 2013), World Civilization (HIST 1513), and an introductory course in sociology, psychology or economics (SOC 1003, PSY 2003, ECON 2003) ; The thirty nine semester hours required for the political science degree include the introductory course (POLS 2003), Western Political Thought (POLS 2253), Research Design (POLS 2513), either American Political Behavior (POLS 3123) or Congress (POLS 3133), and either Comparative Government (POLS 2403) or International Relations (POLS 2413). Majors also choose one course from each of the four political science blocks: Research Methods, Political Theory, International Relations, and American Politics; Nine semester hours of electives, six of which must be 3000-4000 level and Senior Seminar (POLS 4963) complete the major requirements.

The public history degree requires fifty six additional semester hours beyond the General Education requirements. In the General Education requirements, public history majors are required to take the two-course sequence in World Civilization (HIST 1503, HIST 1513), and the two-course sequence in American history (HIST 2003, HIST 2013). The fifty nine semester hours required for the public history degree include introductory courses in political science (POLS 2003), historical geography or economic geography (GEOG 3803 or GEOG 4203), web publishing (COMS 1333), an introduction to public history (HIST 2203), local and oral history HIST 3223), grant writing (HIST 3281), archive and manuscript management (HIST 3243), historical editing (HIST 3283), Arkansas history (HIST 4153), Native American History (HIST 4143), historic preservation (HIST 4293), museum methods (HIST 4403), as well as a practicum and internship (HIST 3291,HIST 4976). Fifteen additional semester hours must be 3000-4000 level history courses with at least nine hours in U.S. History and six hours in World/European History.

Students must complete 120 hours for graduation with a degree in history, political science or public history.

For the curriculum in Social Studies for teacher licensure, see Curriculum in Secondary Education.

History

Curriculum in History

Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 HIST 2003T 3 HIST 2013T 3
HIST 1503T 3 HIST 1513T 3 ANTH 2003 or SOC 1003 3 HIST 2513 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 Science with Lab1,T 4 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 ElectiveT 9
Mathematics1,T 3 POLS 2003 3 ECON 2003 3
TECH 1001 1 ElectiveT 3 GEOG 2013 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
HIST Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 HIST Elective (3000-4000 level) 3 HIST Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 HIST 4963 3
HIST Elective (3000-4000 level)4 3 Foreign Lang or SPH Elective 3-4 HIST Elective (3000-4000 level)4 3 HIST 4153 3
Elective2 6 Elective2 8-9 Elective2 9 Elective2 9
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 HIST 2003T 3 HIST 2013T 3
HIST 1503T 3 HIST 1513T 3 ANTH 2003 or SOC 1003 3 HIST 2513 3
Science with Lab1,T 4 Science with Lab1,T 4 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 ElectiveT 9
Mathematics1,T 3 POLS 2003 3 ECON 2003 3
TECH 1001 1 ElectiveT 3 GEOG 2013 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
HIST Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 HIST Elective (3000-4000 level) 3 HIST Elective (3000-4000 level)3 3 HIST 4963 3
HIST Elective (3000-4000 level)4 3 Foreign Lang or SPH Elective 3 -4 HIST Elective (3000-4000 level)4 3 HIST 4153 3
Elective2 6 Elective2 8-9 Elective2 9 Elective2 9
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements"
2At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000 - 4000 level courses.
3HIST class must be in the sub-field of United States History.
4HIST class must be in the sub-field of European or World History.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Political Science

Curriculum in Political Science

Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 HIST 2013T 3 Research Methods Block3 3-4
HIST 1513T 3 HIST 2003 3 POLS 2253 3 POLS ElectiveT 3
SOC 1003, PSY 2003, or ECON 2003 3 POLS 2003 3 POLS 2513 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Mathematics1,T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 Elective2,T 3 Elective2,T 5-6
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
TECH 1001 1 Elective2 3 Science with Lab1,T 4
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Political Theory Block4 3 International Relations Block5 3 American Politics Block6 3 POLS 4963 3
POLS 2403 or POLS 2413 3 POLS 3123 or POLS 3133 3 POLS Elective (3000-4000 level) 6 Elective2 9
Elective2 9 Elective2 9 Elective2 6
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 HIST 2013T 3 Research Methods Block3 3-4
HIST 1513T 3 HIST 2003 3 POLS 2253T 3 POLS ElectiveT 3
SOC 1003, PSY 2003, or ECON 2003 3 POLS 2003 3 POLS 2513 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Mathematics1,T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 Elective2,T 3 Elective2,T 5-6
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Elective1,T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4
TECH 1001 1
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
Political Theory Block4 3 International Relations Block5 3 American Politics Block6 3 POLS 4963 3
POLS 2403 or POLS 2413 3 POLS 3123 or POLS 3133 3 POLS Elective (3000-4000 level) 6 Elective2 9
Elective2 9 Elective2 9 Elective2 6
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements"
2At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000 - 4000 level courses.
3The Research Methods choices include: POLS 3513; or grade of C or better in any FL 2024 course; or appropriate methodology course approved by Department Head.
4The Political Theory choices include POLS 3063; or POLS 3253; or appropriate political theory or philosophy course approved by Department Head.
5The International Relations choices include POLS 3013; or POLS 3433; or POLS 3473; or appropriate international relations or comparative government course approved by Department Head.
6The American Politics choices include POLS 3023; or POLS 3033; or POLS 3053; or POLS 3083; or POLS 3093; or POLS 3123; or POLS 3133; or POLS 3143; or POLS 4043; or appropriate American politics course approved by Department Head.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Public History

Curriculum in Public History

Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 HIST 2003 3 HIST 2013T 3
HIST 1503T 3 HIST 1513T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 HIST 2203 3
Elective2 3 POLS 2003 3 Elective2 8 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Mathematics1,T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 Elective2 3
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 COMS 1333 3 HIST Elective3 3
TECH 1001 1
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
HIST 3223 3 HIST 4403 3 HIST 3243 3 HIST 4976 6
GEOG 3803 OR GEOG 4203 3 HIST 3291 1 HIST 4293 3 Electives 6
HIST 4143 3 HIST 3283 3 HIST 3281 1
HIST 4153 3 HIST Elective 3 3 HIST Elective3 3
HIST Electives4 3 HIST Electives4 3 Electives 5
Elective 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 HIST 2003 3 HIST 2013T 3
HIST 1503T 3 COMS 1333 3 Electives2 8 HIST 2203 3
Elective2 3 POLS 2003 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Mathematics1,T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 Electives2 3
Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 HIST 1513T 3 HIST Elective3 3
TECH 1001 1
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
HIST 3223 3 HIST 4403 3 HIST 3243 3 HIST 4976 6
GEOG 3803 or GEOG 4203 3 HIST 3291 1 HIST 4293 3 Electives 6
HIST 4143 3 HIST 3283 3 HIST 3281 1
HIST 4153 3 HIST Elective3 3 HIST Elective3 3
HIST Elective4 3 HIST Elective4 3 Electives 5
Elective 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements"
2At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000-4000 level courses.
3HIST class must be in the sub-field of United States History.
4HIST class must be in the sub-field of European or World History.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Minor Geography

The minor in geography is designed to allow students who have successfully completed eighteen or more hours in Geography the opportunity to have his/her transcript noted with a statement certifying such accomplishment.

Students must have a minimum 2.00 grade point in their Geography courses to be eligible for a Geography minor.

Students wishing to obtain a minor in geography must complete:

GEOG 2013 Regional Geography of the World
GEOG 2023 Human Geography
GEOG Electives (12 hours with no more than 3 hours in GEOG 4993, Special Problems in Geography)

Minor History

The minor in history is designed for those students majoring in other disciplines who wish to increase the breadth and depth of their knowledge of the human past. This minor is particularly well suited for students who are interested in criminal justice, international studies, and foreign languages. The discipline of history satisfies our shared desire to know more about ourselves, and students can tailor the curriculum of the minor to meet their specific interests. Students must have a minimum of 2.00 grade point in History courses to be eligible for a History minor. The minor in history requires 18 hours of courses:

HIST 1503 World Civilization I or HIST 1513 World Civilization II
HIST 2003 U. S. History I or HIST 2013 U. S. History II
HIST Electives (12 hours of 3000 - 4000 level)

Minor Military Science

The minor in military science is awarded to students who complete the Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) Program at Arkansas Tech University. The objective of the program is to provide a basic military education and, in conjunction with the goals of the University, to develop individual attributes essential to an Army officer. Instruction covers military fundamentals common to all branches of the military service. Students must have a minimum of a 2.00 grade point average in the required 21 hours to be eligible for a Military Science minor. Students wishing to obtain a minor in Military Science must complete:

MS 1101 Leadership I
MS 1111 Leadership II
MS 2312 Military Organization/Tactics I
MS 2402 Military Organization/Tactics II
MS 3503 Advanced Leadership and Tactics I
MS 3603 Advanced Leadership and Tactics II
MS 4703 Applied Leadership and Management I
MS 4803 Applied Leadership and Management II

and

MS 4013 United States Military History or HIST 4013 United States Military History

Minor Philosophy

The minor in philosophy is designed for those students who wish to broaden their study of the nature of knowledge. This minor is particularly well suited for students who wish to prepare for graduate work or law school. In addition to the academic benefits, the study of philosophy can make an important contribution to the well-lived life. Students can tailor the curriculum of the minor to meet their specific interests. Students must have a minimum 2.00 grade point in their Philosophy courses to be eligible for a Philosophy minor. The minor in philosophy requires 18 hours of courses:

PHIL 3103 Logic

and 6 hours selected from the following:
PHIL 2013 Religions of the World
PHIL 3023 Ethics
PHIL 3033 Esthetics
PHIL 3053 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 3063 Modern Political Thought
PHIL 3253 Classical Political Thought
PHIL 4103 Advanced Logic

and 6 hours selected from the following:
PHIL 3003 Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 3013 Modern Philosophy
PHIL 3113 Contemporary Philosophy
PHIL 3203 Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 4093 American Philosophy

and 3 hours in any additional Philosophy courses

Minor Political Science

The minor in political science is designed for anyone interested in politics, law, and government and is particularly well suited for students who are interested in criminal justice, international studies, journalism, business, and emergency management. Students can tailor the curriculum of the minor along either a national or international focus. Students must have a minimum 2.00 grade point in their Political Science courses to be eligible for a Political Science minor. The minor in political science requires 18 hours of courses:

POLS 2253 Survey of Western Political Thought
POLS 3123 American Political Behavior or POLS 3133 United States Congress or POLS 3143 The United States Presidency
POLS 2413 International Relations or POLS 2403 Comparative Government
POLS 2513 Research Design
6 hours in any 3000 or 4000 level Political Science courses

Minor Pre-Law

The Pre-Law minor program's objective is to prepare students for entrance to and advanced study at law school or alternative careers in the legal profession (e.g. legal aide, court reporter, paralegal, etc.) upon graduation through the development of writing, analytic, logical reasoning, and research skills key to the study and practice of law. The minor in pre-law requires 21 hours of courses:

ENGL 2053Technical Writing
SPH 2003 Public Speaking
PHIL 3103 Logic
POLS 4043 American Constitutional Law
POLS 3023/CJ 3023 Judicial Process or POLS 3024 Judicial Politics

and 3 hours selected from the following:
HIST 4183 American Legal History
HIST 3023 American Revolution and Founding Era

and 3 hours selected from the following:
BLAW 2033 Legal Environments of Business
PHIL 3023 Ethics
MGMT 3123 Business Ethics
CJ 4023 Law and the Legal System

Minor Religious Studies

The minor in religious studies is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn about religion in cross-cultural and historical perspectives. The required courses are designed to provide a comparative perspective on world religions and to develop an appreciation of both the origins and contemporary expressions of different religions. This minor is particularly well suited for students in the humanities and social sciences as well as students in other disciplines who want to deepen their understanding of the role of religion in contemporary life. Students must have a minimum of 2.00 grade point in the required 18 hours to be eligible for a Religious Studies minor:

HIST 1503 World Civilization I
ANTH 2003 Cultural Anthropology
PHIL 2013 Religions of the World
PHIL 3053 Philosophy of Religion
SOC 4073 Sociology of Religion
HIST 4503 History of Christianity

Minor Strategic Studies

The minor in strategic studies is designed for those students who wish to increase the breadth and depth of their knowledge of the principles that have played a major role in shaping our understanding of foreign and security policy. This minor is particularly well suited for students who are interested in international studies, emergency management, political science, diplomatic history, military science, and international law. Students wishing to obtain a minor in Strategic Studies must complete:

POLS 2153: Introduction to Strategic Studies
POLS 2413: International Relations
POLS 3013: Recent American Foreign and Military Policy
POLS 3473: National Security Policy

and any two of the following courses:
EAM 3243: Introduction to Terrorism
EAM 3013: Public Policy Issues in Emergency Management
ECON 4093: International Economics and Finance
GEOG 4803: Seminar in Global Studies
HIST 4013: American Military History
HIST 4023: Vietnam War
HIST 4083: American Diplomatic History, 1912 to the Present
HIST 4813: World War II

Students must have a minimum 2.00 grade point in the required 18 hours to be eligible for a Strategic Studies minor.

Pre-Law Pre-Professional Program

Pre-Law Advisors
Witherspoon Room 255

Accredited law schools have not, in general, adopted specific requirements for pre-law courses. However, in most cases, courses of value to those planning the study of law include: history, economics, political science, philosophy, psychology, sociology, English composition, and literature, as well as courses in the natural sciences, mathematics, and accounting. A broad cultural background is of prime importance. Rather than attempt to prescribe the specific contents of courses to be taken by pre-law students, Arkansas Tech University considers the individual intellectual interests of students of prime importance, encouraging development of the ability to read and comprehend accurately, rapidly, and thoroughly; to think logically; to analyze and weigh situations and materials; to speak and write clearly; and to develop a critical approach and mature study habits.

The pre-professional curriculum is not a major in itself. Pre-law students must declare a major for graduation selected from any degree currently offered at Arkansas Tech University. Among general electives in the chosen major, or in excess of the 120 hours required for graduation, pre-law majors are urged to take the courses listed below to prepare them for the LSAT and law school. Many pre-law students choose to major in History and Political Science, and pre-law advisors are located in that department. Students should consult these listed pre-law advisors regardless of their chosen major, as these advisors specifically help students design a good pre-law curriculum. A pre-law library has been set up in Witherspoon 242 for student use.

Suggested Curriculum in Pre-Law

POLS 2003 American Government POLS 4043 American Constitutional Law
POLS 3023/CJ 3023 Judicial Process CJ 2043/SOC 2043 Crime and Delinquency
CJ 4053 Criminal Law and the Constitution CJ 4023 Law and the Legal System
BLAW 2033 Legal Environment of Business PHIL 3063/POLS 3063 Modern Political Thought
PSY 2003 General Psychology JOUR 4123 Laws of Communication
ENGL 3043 Advanced Composition PHIL 3103 Logic
SPH 2003 Public Speaking PHIL 3023 Ethics
SPH 2111-2121 Debate Practicum SPH 4153 Persuasive Theory and Audience Analysis