Lee University Catalog 2009-2010 
    
    Feb 22, 2020  
Lee University Catalog 2009-2010 [Archived Catalog]

History and Political Science


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Randy Wood, Chairperson

Anthropology

Professor Murl Dirksen
Associate Professor Richard Jones

History

Professor Robert Barnett
Associate Professors Daniel Hoffman and John Coats
Assistant Professor Jason Ward

Humanities

Professor John Sims
Associate Professor Randy Wood
Assistant Professors Jeff Golden and Matthew Sims

Political Science

Associate Professor Steve Swindle
Assistant Professors Paul DeHart and Jung In Jo

Disciplines

Anthropology
Geography
History
Humanities
Political Science

The History and Political Science Department has as its mission preparing students for occupations such as law, teaching and international work, as well as entrance into graduate and professional schools. We believe our students should be taught from a Christian perspective and should plan to be involved in vocations that fulfill the great commission of Jesus. A broad liberal arts undergraduate education should expand the students’ understanding of their own historical context, increase their knowledge of political issues and facilitate their adjustment to a rapidly changing social world by preparing them to recognize and appreciate cultural diversity. We offer majors in Anthropology, History, Humanities and Political Science. Teacher licensure can be obtained in history with an emphasis in political science or economics for 7th through 12th grade. Minors include anthropology, history, humanities and political science.

Anthropology

The Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology is designed to provide an understanding of human beings and human society with respect to both culture and biology. Students are exposed to a broad historical and comparative framework within which to view the variety of human cultures. Coursework deals with basic anthropological concepts, ethnographic and quantitative research techniques, and substantive knowledge of the branches of the field, e.g., physical anthropology, social and cultural anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, linguistics, and applied anthropology. Anthropology as a major is primarily intended for those students who want to pursue anthropology at the graduate level; however, an anthropology major could be used as preparation for careers in governmental and private social service agencies, museums, ethnic and immigrant organizations, elementary and secondary schools, health care agencies that serve diverse populations, foreign service and foreign aid agencies, businesses with international and interethnic scope and missions-evangelism.

History

Students electing to major in history have the opportunity to select from a varied field of study designed to provide instruction and direction that will enable graduates to succeed in future endeavors such as graduate programs and professional careers. The program also offers students the opportunity to gain teacher licensure. Students are taught to think critically, to communicate (in both written and verbal form) in an articulate manner, and to respect opinions and ideas unlike their own. Finally, the program seeks to instill in students an appreciation of their own history as well as the histories of others.

Humanities

The Bachelor of Arts in Humanities will provide the student with a well-rounded knowledge of various aspects of western culture, including art, literature, history, music, religion and philosophy. Students in this major will choose one area of emphasis (Philosophy, Art History, or Liberal Arts) to complement their required Humanities survey courses and seminars. The primary goal of the Humanities major is to explore some of the basic themes and questions concerning the human condition from a historical perspective. This major will develop strong critical thinking and research skills within the student and help them to make various connections within and across historical periods. The student will also be required to develop a Christian worldview and to reflect on how they might apply their personal calling and abilities to fields within the humanities and to the world. The Humanities major would serve to provide students with the most comprehensive liberal arts education and be a great primary or secondary major for those students who wish to establish an excellent foundation for graduate or professional school. The major would also serve those who wish to pursue other various careers by providing them with critical thinking and writing skills, as well as an informed sense of what it means to be a Christian in our contemporary age.

Political Science

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science is designed to prepare the students for numerous post graduation experiences. The most obvious of these include government services, graduate school in political science and law school. In addition, this degree provides students with the skills necessary to compete in such widely diverse career fields as public and international affairs, campaign management, lobbying and issue advocacy and many others.

Programs of Study

The Department of History and Political Social Science offers the following programs of study:

 

Degree   Major   Code
B.A. 
B.A. 
B.S.
B.S.
B.A. 
B.A.
       Anthropology 
History 
History (Economics Emphasis, Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
History (Political Science Emphasis, Teacher Licensure, Grades 7-12)
Humanities 
Political Science
     ANTHR.BA
HSTRY.BA
HESTY.BST
HSTRY.BST
HUMNS.BA
POLSC.BA

Minor

The Department of History and Political Science offers minors in anthropology, history, and political science. A minimum of 18 hours is required for all minors.

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