Welcome to History & Political Science
"History is the witness of the times, the light of truth." – Cicero
Why study history?
“History is boring!”
“It’s just a bunch of dead guys and dates.”
“History’s okay, but is it useful in the real world?”
Admit it---you’ve heard those before, haven’t you? Well, we in the KWC History program instead think that history is a fascinating, versatile discipline that prepares students for a variety of careers.
The bedrock of a liberal arts education, history helps students understand and appreciate the human experience in a multitude of areas that shaped it, including geography, government, science, literature, religion, economics and culture.
History majors and minors will be challenged to think critically, conduct historical research and communicate effectively. Honing those skills will not only provide an excellent basis for graduate school, law school, or seminary, but also for careers in teaching, coaching, civil service, public relations, insurance, etc.
Kentucky Wesleyan offers a Bachelor of Arts degree as a history major, and also offers a history minor. For details of requirements and courses, check the links to the left.
History students at KWC have had the opportunity to attend several regional and national conferences: the American Historical Association in Washington, D.C.; the American Political Science Association in Chicago, Toronto and Boston; and the Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha, NE.
We also have a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (the national history honorary society) and a history club on campus that sponsors field trips to historical sites in the region, such as the LST in Evansville, and New Harmony, IN.
Wade Lecture Series
History at KWC is also honored to sponsor the annual Wade Lecture series. Previous nationally renowned scholars who have lectured include Thomas D. Clark, George C. Herring, Abigail Thernstrom, Gordon Wood, Lance Banning, Kyle Longley and Paul Finkelman.