where academic investigation +
christian faith +
service to others unite

The La Sierra Advantage

When you study history, politics and sociology at La Sierra University, you will:

  • Learn primarily in small classes where you can interact with professors and fellow students. They’ll know you by name.
  • Take classes from professors with doctorates in their field, not from teaching assistants.
  • Have a faculty adviser who will guide you in selecting the right courses for your degree.
  • Do a senior research project with a faculty mentor. This one-to-one guidance will help prepare you for graduate studies, if that is your goal.

Why Study History, Politics And Sociology?

Studying history, politics, global studies, and sociology opens up the world in new ways. People who major in these fields are usually curious, interested in people, and want to make the world a better place.

The History Major

History majors study how people, ideas, institutions, and nations have changed over time and what people today can learn from past experience. They explore art, economics, politics, religion, global studies, and many other subjects. The broad knowledge history majors gain, combined with the critical thinking and writing skills they develop, prepare them to enter a wide variety of career fields. Many become lawyers and teachers. Others go into journalism, business, government service, or nonprofit organizations.

We offer the following:


  • Film Studies

  • Gender Studies
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Latin American Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Politics
  • Sociology


Scholarships And Internships

The department offers scholarships, internships and awards on a competitive basis for students who plan to pursue a career as a teacher, attorney, or other service-oriented professional. Legislative Internship: One student annually receives a full tuition scholarship for one quarter while serving in the office of a congressman in Washington, D.C. Legal Internship: Recent students have served as interns in the Riverside County District Attorney’s office, and one interned at a medical malpractice law firm.

History, Politics & Sociology Undergraduate Programs

History Bachelor of Arts

A major in history is recommended for students who wish to prepare for secondary teaching, graduate study preparatory to college teaching, or the study of law and for students who seek a broad background in the liberal arts. The recommendations of the department adviser assist the student in selecting a program pattern that meets individual objectives. Students planning to attend graduate school are urged to develop foreign language competence. Most historians are college teachers who not only lecture, but also write and take part in research.

Sociology Bachelor of Arts

Sociology explores how people relate in groups. Majors in this field study family relationships, race and gender issues, poverty and social class, and other aspects of the human experience. Career possibilities for sociology majors include social services, teaching, health care, administration of justice, nonprofit organizations, and others where a keen understanding of how people relate to others is important.

Fast Facts History Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units58

Fast Facts Sociology Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units58

Global Studies Bachelor of Arts

Global studies students learn about particular cultures and how larger trends and issues affect people worldwide. They explore geography, economics, political science, anthropology, and other subjects as they learn to think and relate globally. Graduates often choose careers as missionaries, international aid workers, foreign service and diplomatic staff members, inner city program workers, and other employment where understanding cultures is important. Sometimes graduate study in law, business, public health, education, or international relations is key to career preparation.

Fast Facts Global Studies Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units66

I have just completed my first year of law school at Chapman University School of Law. La Sierra’s history program taught me to conduct research, analyze complex material, and express my analysis in organized and articulate writing. It prepared me well to succeed in law school."

Daniel Evans, History Graduate

The department of history, politics and sociology is the reason I went to La Sierra. I knew my passion was in international development, and their major in global studies was exactly what I needed. What I learned there helped me not only get into and succeed in graduate school, but also gave me the broad, informed perspective that is required in the world. Dr. Dupée’s class my freshman year opened my eyes to a more globalized perspective of history, and the multicultural perspective that comes from having professors from Lebanon, Korea and elsewhere carried it through all four years."

Debra Marovitch, Global Studies graduate

Meet our Faculty

Andrew Howe
Ken Crane
Jeffrey N. Dupée
Lisa Kohlmeier
Katherine Parsons
Sasha A. Ross
Eric Vega
Won K Yoon

Paying for College

The Student Financial Services office is here to help with financial aid processes. The staff also keeps up to date on scholarships that could benefit La Sierra students.

Choosing Classes

First-year students meet with their academic coach/advisor each week for their first two quarters. Then they are assigned an advisor from their major department who will help them choose the classes they need to complete their program.

Beyond Class

A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Life is headquarters for student government, activities, organizations, spiritual life, and much more to enhance your college experience.

Career Center

We want you to find a good job after you finish your degree at La Sierra. A new Career Center, located in the Zapara School of Business, is expected to open before the end of fall quarter.

University Studies

All undergraduate students at La Sierra University participate in a comprehensive general education curriculum called University Studies, which is rooted in the concept of liberal education as a formative and transformative process. University Studies offers an integrated curriculum that:

  • stimulates the meaning-centered development of its students.
  • familiarizes students with the various academic disciplines.
  • exposes students to intercultural, international and inter-ethnic concerns.
  • encourages students to recognize the importance of developing a personal value system to distinguish between right and wrong.

Degree Programs

Global Studies

Contact and Location


La Sierra Hall, Room 310