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History & Political Science

Why History & Political Science at Millikin?

Exciting Classes:  At Millikin we span the globe with interesting and exciting classes such as Rise of Modern Europe, the History of Pop Culture, the Civil War, Human Trafficking, The American Political System, and Political Behavior.  For more classes you can experience at Millikin see our Spring 2023 History & Political Science Course Descriptions.

Experienced Faculty: Millikin’s history & political science professors are published authors, lawyers, and award winning teachers.  They have worked on national and state campaigns, in the courtroom, in the media, in archives, in libraries and as teachers. They bring diverse approaches and methods to the study of history and politics. Professors interact closely with their students to help prepare them for success after graduation.

Hands-On Experiences: Millikin students actively participate in Model United Nations, Model Illinois Government, and Moot Court as well as Republican and Democratic student organizations. Our majors also established the History and Political Science Club that works on voter outreach, organizes visits to historical sites, and invites speakers to campus.

Internships and Consulting Projects: Majors are encouraged to participate in the Washington Semester Program at American University in Washington, D.C.; or travel immersion courses with our professors. History majors take part in internships at prestigious museums and government agencies such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, and the Papers of Abraham Lincoln. Political science majors intern at the State's Attorney's Office, Congress, local political campaigns, and law offices.

Professional Research Experiences:  Faculty mentor history and political science students to present papers at regional and national conferences.  Student involvement at professional conferences, typically reserved only for graduate students, provides our undergraduate majors with a competitive advantage when applying for graduate school and for employment upon graduation. Students also work at the Human Trafficking Research Lab on cutting edge research in our community.  

Travel Opportunities: Throughout their time at Millikin, students will have many opportunities to further their knowledge through travel. They may visit Holocaust or Civil War sites, participate in Model United Nations trip to Chicago, complete an internship in Washington, D.C., and travel with our professors on immersion courses.

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  • ProspectiveStudents

    Experience the Millikin Difference and learn beyond the classroom in our History & Political Science Department. Get a head start on your professional career in government, nonprofit or academic sectors through hands-on experiences, internship and consulting projects, professional research and travel opportunities. Graduate from Millikin ready to make a difference.

  • Programs of Study

    • History


      Studying history at Millikin University allows students to become not only masters of content, but practitioners of the discipline of history.
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      Political Science

      Millikin's Department of Political Science is dedicated to developing its students' understanding of the political world at both the domestic and international levels.
    • Social Science Education

      Social Science Education

      At Millikin, you prepare to become an outstanding teacher by taking engaging courses in U.S. and world history, political science, psychology, anthropology, and sociology.
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