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School of Social Sciences & Humanities

Political Science and History
Bachelor of Arts

Learn about American politics and history, in America's backyard of politics and history.

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Mount Ida’s Political Science and History degree program offers you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a center of American politics and history – Boston, Massachusetts, which is just eight miles from our campus. Our program gives you a solid foundation in American history and American government, and our rich and customized approach to learning will foster your skills in analysis, evaluation, and synthesis.

Preparation for the real world.

Our Political Science and History program enables you to apply analytical skills directly to a tailored internship, senior research and capstone projects, and other real-world experiences. Through individualized attention, the program fosters development and proficiency in research and analytical methods that will prepare you for advanced graduate study and an array of careers.

Potential minors that pair well with this program include Law and Society, Professional Writing, and Leadership Studies.

You may also want to create a double major in Pre Law: Law & Society.

For details about the curriculum, the complete course listing, specific program requirements and expected learning outcomes please refer to the Political Science and History degree program in our College Catalog.

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Program Requirements - 120-121 credits, broken out into the following categories:

  • 33 credits - Program Requirements Courses
  • 33 credits - Program Requirements
  • 27 credits - All College Curriculum and Other Required Courses
  • 54 credits - Open Electives

Here are some of the core courses you may be taking:

  • PO 102 - American Government
  • HI 201 - American Perceptions
  • LS 180 - Conflict and Communication
  • PH301 - Ethics
  • EC 206 - Macroeconomics

Living-Learning Communities

For first-year students in the School of Business, and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, we offer the CONNECT program to ensure a smooth transition into college life. CONNECT students live together in a newly renovated residence hall, where they also take classes, have close access to professional advising, peer mentors, tutoring, and additional co-curricular programs.

Here to teach, guide, cultivate and inspire.

As well-respected in their industries as they are in the classroom, Mount Ida’s instructors will expand your practical knowledge, challenge your thinking, and empower you to reach your potential.

To learn more about our faculty, please visit the Criminal Justice, Politics and History faculty directory.

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Faculty Spotlight

Steven Eames

Professor and Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Seminar

Among his career highlights, Professor Eames lists; American Association for State and Local History Award of Merit, the Albert B. Corey Award for Sacrifice of Self, 2008, the New England Museum Association Second Place Award for Sacrifice of Self, 2008 and the Ronald J. Lettieri Award for Excellence in Teaching, bestowed on one of its own by Mount Ida College in 2006. Professor Eames is a member of Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Organization of American Historians and the ...

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Life after Graduation.

Graduates from our Political Science and History bachelor’s degree program are equipped to engage in a broad range of careers, including:

  • Government
  • Politics
  • Law
  • Advanced studies in history and politics
  • Law School

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Admissions

We assign every prospective student a dedicated admissions counselor to guide them along every step of the applications process. Our no-fee applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there’s no better time to apply. Learn more about the process in our Admissions & Aid section.

Tuition Fees and Aid

Tuition:

Resident Students, 2017-2018 tuition, fees, room & board (before aid is deducted) is $49,400.

Commuter Students, 2017-2018 tuition and fees (before aid is deducted) is $35,720.

Additional information regarding the breakdown of direct, indirect costs and program fees can be found by viewing the 2017-18 Billing Guide.

*Students enrolling in the Veterinary Technology, Design and Dental Programs (excluding Pre Dental Hygiene and Degree completion) should add $1,700 for expected program expenses.

Aid:
As part of our commitment to making college affordable, Mount Ida College has increased the aid we award from $12 million in 2012 to over $20 million in 2017. All new students entering in Fall 2018 are expected to receive some type of merit award, with most awards anticipated to be between $15,000 – $27,000 per year – and that’s before we award need-based aid. Visit here for more details about other costs and financial aid.

98%

of Mount Ida students 
receive some form of financial aid

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Political issues are problems in need of solutions, not ideological positions in need of affirmation.
Bart A. Biroschak

Assistant Professor Department Chair

Criminal Justice, Politics and History in the School of Social Sciences & Humanities