The Department of History and Political Science

We have a strong tradition of encouraging scholarship for service. The faculty not only have doctorates from renowned universities and personal scholarly pursuits, they also have abiding commitments to helping students learn about the people, events, and political structures that have created and are creating the world in which we live. The classroom goal of understanding is coupled with Wesleyan emphasis on human responsibility and creativity: To whom much is given, much is expected. Each of the four majors offers distinct avenues of study and career options; however, the students and faculty are joined in the belief that intelligent and wise Christians can be a force for good in the world. Small classes, student clubs, student-faculty dinners, shared travel opportunities, internship experiences, visiting lectures and tight-knit departmental friendships provide the possibility of a fulfilling scholarly life in Colt Hall.

History Overview

A History or Political Science major can lead to careers in

  • Social service 
  • Government
  • Teaching
  • Ministry
  • Law
  • Public policy
  • Administration
  • Diplomacy
  • Nonprofit organizations



Student Internships & Experience

The department helps students find internships that fit career targets. Over the last decade a strong track record has been established for placing students, often with excellent scholarships and fellowships, in high-quality graduate schools, including UC Berkeley, Harvard, Yale, UCSD, and UCLA. Students are encouraged and empowered in the department to be creative with their lives in the service of church, community, nation, and world.