Department of History & Political Science

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.

Students Discussing Issues Around a Meal Table
Dr. Rick Kennedy Rowing a Boat
Bree Buriss Headshot

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.


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.

Contact Us

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!

Rita Jensen
Department Assistant
Building Manager, Clara Colt Hall
(619) 849-2450

Kelli McCoy, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of History and Political Science
Professor of History
(619) 849-2438

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