We live in a global society — interconnected through technology and business to the furthermost reaches of the Earth. Therefore, now more than ever, we need leaders who can stand at the crossroads of past and present, equipped with a deep understanding of people, countries, societies, and cultures, willing and able to inspire and convey a vision for a brighter future.
The Department of History & Political Science equips you with foundational knowledge, practical experience, and essential networking opportunities to courageously confront the fundamental problems facing our world today. Build close relationships with other students and faculty as you work together to explore solutions to these issues, and along the way you will discover the cause and community you have been called to serve.
Opportunity for Engagement
Institute of Politics and Public Service
PLNU students enjoy an Institute of Politics and Public Service event in downtown San Diego.
Rick Kennedy, Ph.D.
Professor Rick Kennedy, otherwise known as "Captain Rick," believes in experiential education in and out of the classroom.
Bree Burris now works as a marketing coordinator for San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.
Department of History & Political Science Programs
An education in the social sciences and humanities cultivates deep critical-thinking, problem-solving, writing, communication, and research skills that will prepare you for a wide variety of meaningful careers. Programs in history, international studies, political science, and women’s studies provide the opportunity to pursue your passions and interests.
Opportunities for Engagement
Developing into an individual inspired and guided by purpose doesn't only happen inside the walls of the classroom — it happens by coming face-to-face with new opportunities, people, places, and ideas. From faculty-led trips to historical sites and notable hotspots of present-day strategic importance to student-run clubs and honor societies, networking events, research conferences, and more, the Department of History & Political Science offers a diversity of opportunities for meaningful engagement with big questions.
Department News & Events
The History and Political Science 2023-2024 Departmental and Endowment Scholarships
The Department of History and Political Science is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 History and Political Science Scholarships - applications are due March 17, 2023, by 2P.M. in the HPS department office. in the
Our faculty serve as both teachers and mentors, committed to guiding you through a full and purposeful education. By helping you explore thought-provoking and influential ideas, analyzing complex and difficult questions, and evaluating competing claims, you'll have access to an environment devoted to a meaningful exchange of ideas. An education at PLNU is both transformative and deeply impactful.
If you would like to learn more about the Department of History & Political Science or any of our majors and minors, please reach out to us!
Building Manager, Clara Colt Hall
Kelli McCoy, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of History and Political Science
Professor of History
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