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.

Degree Programs 


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.

Political Science

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.

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