The mission of the department of History, Government, and Social Science is to foster a community of learners who, as lovers of truth, study history, political science, and geography. In recognition of both the dignity and depravity of humankind, our aim is to develop insight into past and present civilizations based upon our acknowledgement of God's providence, the dependability of his promises, and his redemptive purpose on earth. Through the rigors of our disciplines, we prepare our students to influence and transform the world for Jesus Christ through their lives and vocations in obedience to the Greatest Commandment and the Great Commission.
The social science major is an interdepartmental program offered by the departments of history, political science and sociology. It is designed for students to concentrate 18 units in one of these fields, allowing them to choose an additional 12 units from any of the social sciences.
Social Science with an emphasis in:
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Upon completion of the social science major, it is intended that the student will have a wider perspective on the nature of man; recognize that his present perspective is based on the experiences of history; be aware that value systems have definite implications for society as a whole; be able to think analytically and develop an understanding of and commitment to Christian values; have an awareness of his own social and political responsibilities; have an appreciation for the worth of a free society, and be prepared for graduate study or career opportunities in education, law, the service professions, research, business, government, or Christian service.
Biola graduates from the Social Science major have gone on to study at the following graduate schools:
Harvard Law School, Wheaton College, Rutgers University, Cal State Long Beach, Georgetown University