Why History & Political Science at Millikin?
Experienced Faculty: Millikin’s history & political science professors have worked on national and state campaigns, in the courtroom, and in the media. They specialize in international studies, law, public policy, media in politics, politics and gender, and public opinion and participation, and they bring diverse approaches and methods to the study of 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. These experiences provide students with opportunities to hone public speaking, analysis, and negotiation skills in fun, rewarding ways. Students also improve their critical thinking skills through engaging courses including Reacting to the Past(TM), a class in which students are assigned historical roles and interact through oral and written communication.
Internships and Consulting Projects: Political science majors are encouraged to participate in the Washington Semester Program at American University in Washington, D.C.; the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars; or the United Nations Semester in New York. 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. 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.
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, complete an internship in Washington, D.C., and more.
Gain an understanding and appreciation of the political, economic, and social and cultural development of the modern world. Millikin history majors receive a broad knowledge of world, European, African, and U.S. history.
Observe, explore, debate, and analyze the appropriate and effective uses of power in a democratic society. While delving into current debates and issues, students engage in normative questions of what citizens and politics should be and analyze the current political realities.
Social Science Education
Earn a political science endorsement and certification to teach social studies and history for grades 9-12. In addition to learning historical content, students receive preparation for teaching, managing a classroom, and course development.
Pre-law at Millikin is available through our Pre- Professional Program. Pre-law is not a major, but an advising program for students interested in applying to law school. Work closely with the Pre-Law Director to design a personalized course of study that serves your current interests and career goals.
Students in action
The faculty in our department are committed to helping students gain practical experience in their chosen fields prior to graduation. We encourage participation in several events, including:
- Washington Semester Program at American University in Washington, D.C.
- Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
- United Nations Semester in New York
- Study abroad
- Extracurricular activities, such as Model Illinois Government, Model United Nations, Moot Court, and student government
The History & Political Science Department prepares students for careers in national, state, and local government or in non-profit organizations. Millikin students will study domestic and foreign policy issues and decision-making processes in depth. Students can also use their internships as real world practice of public policy theories they have learned in class.
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