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Department of History, Politics, and Geography

We prepare graduates with a solid liberal arts education, ready for careers in fields like public history, law and government, foreign service, urban planning, and many more.

About the Department

In the Department of History, Politics, and Geography, you’ll benefit from a solid liberal arts education while preparing for a wide variety of careers. Students who pursue degrees in history, political science, or geography go on to careers in fields such as teaching, law, politics, public service, foreign services, urban planning, military, and government. Many of our students have successfully furthered their education in graduate or professional school.  

Our faculty provides interesting courses that deal with an understanding of how humans have come to develop the surface of our planet, the history of that development, and the ways in which people govern themselves today. The interdisciplinary nature of our subjects allow for convenient overlap among topics and opportunity for discussion by means of different viewpoints. We work closely with the School of Education and Counseling in training teachers, and we collaborate with other departments in team-teaching courses.

Rural Law Opportunities Program (RLOP)

A cooperative program between Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) that recruits and educates students from rural Nebraska to become lawyers who will return to rural communities and practice law.  You’ll receive a full tuition scholarship at Wayne State College with guaranteed admission into the Nebraska College of Law.

“WSC is small enough to where professors have enough time to actually help you. They are able to help students network with professionals to kick-start their careers. Professors tailor each class specifically to the students and events going on in the world around us.”

 

Alix Stanley

Major: Political Science
Hometown: McCall, Idaho

History, Politics, and Geography Programs

Choose from our history, politics, and geography majors, or enhance your education by adding on a second major or minor. Explore your options here.

Program Name Bachelor's Pre-Professional or Affiliate Master's Minor Education Field Endorsement Education Subject Endorsement Supplemental Endorsement
Geography              
Geography Education (7-12)              
Geospatial Technology              
History              
History Education (7-12)              
Interdisciplinary Studies              
Political Science              
Political Science Education (7-12)              
Pre-Law              
Public Administration              
Social Sciences Education (7-12)              

“The Department of History, Politics, and Geography at Wayne State College invites students into the study of humanity. Through history we examine the lives of people in the past and what their actions reveal about human nature in the present. Through political science we consider the ways in which people make decisions on pressing issues in forums as diverse as town councils and the United Nations. Through geography we use space to think about our place in the world. Together we work to equip students to make sense of the world they have inherited and prepare them to shape it for the future.”

 

Joe Blankenau, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Professor of Political Science

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, and more.

Student clubs and organizations

Clubs and Organizations

WSC Service-Learning

Service-Learning

Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

Student Activities for History, Geography and Political Science Majors

Opportunities

  • Research projects and more – Conduct your own research projects and present your work at area geography conferences. Additionally, you will have opportunities to attend lectures by guest speakers and embark on travel adventures to places of geographical interest.
  • Events and competitions – Show off your geography knowledge at WSC’s annual Geography Bowl, assist with the National Geographic State Bee in Nebraska, and participate in Social Sciences Day each semester.
  • Contribute to a cause – Help promote historical awareness, civic engagement, diversity, and opportunity through Multicultural Affairs and events like Constitution Day and the voter registration drive.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Internships

We encourage all students to complete an internship before graduating, to gain experience in this field of study. Career Services is available to help you find the best internship opportunities.

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

History, Politics, and Geography Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships for history, politics, and geography students.

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