PROGRAMS OF STUDY

History

The History Department offers majors with either the B.A. or B.S. degree. We also have a special track for student’s seeking to major in History while pursuing Secondary Education certification. We offer a range of internships, honor’s degree and minor options for appropriate students. Please see the catalog for additional information.

History Programs of Study

Majors:

Minor:

Course Requirements

Rockford University’s History Department offers students the opportunity to either major or minor in History. Degree requirements for these programs can be found in the Academic Catalog.

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Political Science

The department of Political Science offers the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. The department’s academic offerings cover the full range of essential subjects in the discipline of political science: political philosophy, constitutional law, American government and politics, comparative politics and international relations, and diplomacy and statecraft. Students interested in political science for the purpose of becoming secondary school teachers should consult the catalog section on the Social Sciences divisional major.

Pre-law political science has long been the traditional major of choice for students who plan to attend law school. While law schools do not require any particular undergraduate major, the study of politics, including courses that make use of legal materials and legal reasoning and that illumine the political context of court decisions, is arguably the most logical and appropriate academic area for those intending a career in law. Whatever their major, pre-law students should consult with Professor Evans (the pre-law advisor), or with other members of the department, on which particular courses in political science and in other departments would most suitably prepare them and on matters having to do with applying to law school.

Political Science Programs of Study

Major and Tracks/Concentrations:

  • Political Science (B.A., B.S.) — concentrations in American Studies, Constitutional Studies, Legal Studies, Political Ideas, Politics & Culture, and War & Peace

Course Requirements and Offerings

Rockford University’s Political Science department offers students the opportunity to either major or minor in political science.

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International Studies 

The International Studies major draws its courses from numerous departments throughout Rockford University. Students can choose courses from disciplines including political science, history, economics, sociology, philosophy, art, business, theater, religion, classics, modern foreign languages and others.

International Studies Programs of Study

The International Studies major is composed of four elements:

  • Courses providing a common “core” introduction and overview of international relations, global issues, social patterns, political affairs, economic forces, and contemporary problems.
  • Foreign language study, the credit requirements for which depend on the type of degree being earned: for a B.A., 16 credits of foreign language; for a B.S., 8 credits.
  • Elective courses from the liberal arts, social sciences and related fields, allowing personalized study and concentration within a desired focus area (these may overlap with a student’s course work for a double major within the University’s allowed use of courses for more than one major or minor; consultation with the Registrar on such questions is advised).
  • Participation in at least one study abroad program, with a minimum duration of four weeks in a non-English-speaking country or two weeks in an International Service Learning or other international community-based learning program.

Ideally, majors will partake of a short study abroad course early in their university career, then a more substantive semester or year-long experience during their junior or senior year. Financial aid may be available and several program options are offered. Further, students may wish to coordinate their study abroad with research for their Senior Seminar or work in a concentration area. Consultation with an academic advisor, financial aid director and the Office of Global Affairs is required to plan an appropriate course of study.

Major and Tracks/Concentrations:

Course Requirements and Offerings

Rockford University’s Political Science department offers students the opportunity to either major or minor in political science.

More information in the Academic Catalog.

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Department Information

History, Politics, and International Studies
Lang Center
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
815-394-5211
Fax: 815-226-3335
Catherine Forslund, Ph.D.
CForslund@rockford.edu