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History, Politics & Society


History Major | Global Studies Major | Sociology Major |
Program Information: Majors | Minors

The Department of History, Politics and Society offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Sociology, and Global Studies.  It also offers minors in History, Gender Studies, Latin American Studies, Politics, and Society.

What does being a History major entail?

Undergraduate majors in History choose from a broad variety of humanities and social science-oriented courses in order to gain an understanding of past and contemporary human experience. As a History Major, you will study things such as: 

  • How ideas, cultures, and values have changed over time
  • The evolution of political structures and ideologies
  • The place of race, class, and gender in human experience
  • The development of contemporary nations and peoples

What skills and abilities do History majors acquire? 

History curriculums are among the most broad and interdisciplinary undergraduate programs. In studying about the past, history students learn about more than simply events, they study how peoples, ideas, institutions, and nations have changed over time.

In doing so, History majors learn about a wide variety of subjects ranging from economics to art. Whatever their specific focus of study, History majors graduate with well-developed critical skills of writing, thinking, and analysis.

What can I do with a degree in History? 

Because they graduate with a broad range of knowledge and finely honed skills of critical analysis, history majors find themselves well prepared to engage in a wide variety of professions, or to go on to graduate or professional school. Probably the majority of History majors become either lawyers or teachers, but many also go into fields including medicine, journalism, business and government service.

What does being a Global Studies Major entail?

The Global Study major seeks to instill in students a solid knowledge of particular cultures, while also providing training in the analysis of global relations – a way of preparing them to engage the multicultural and interconnected world of the 21st century.  Global Studies majors are encouraged to become both global thinkers and global participants.  Students learn how to relate their knowledge of a particular part of the world to the larger trends and issues that affect all peoples:  the interconnections of the human and non-human environments; the transnational interactions of cultures, economies, and politics; the globalizing processes of communication, technology, and science; the search for world peace, prosperity, and justice; and the sometimes violent political, ethnic, and religious reactions to what is often perceived as global hegemony by dominant cultures and economies.

What skills and abilities do Global Studies majors acquire?
The major

  • Prepares students for graduate study in international studies, world affairs, policy studies, or cross-cultural studies, for professional study in law, or for service in governmental and non-governmental organizations;
  • Gives students a solid Liberal Arts background for positions that involve decision-making in a changing world; and
  • Draws on contemporary trends as its organizing theme, is distinctive in its comprehensive embrace of the cultural, economic, and social processes that render the contemporary world a seamless web.

What can I do with a degree in Global Studies?

Global Studies majors will be broadly prepared to serve as cross-cultural missionaries, international aid workers, foreign service staff, inner city program and organization workers, and a variety of other positions – normally dependent upon further training or securing advanced degrees in public health, education, business, law, international policy and related fields.

What does being a Sociology major entail?

The Sociology Program is responsible for the “Society” aspect of the Department of History, Politics and Society. It offers a major and a minor, while also acting as a vital component of the History major and Gender Studies minor. A Sociology Major studies under professors Dr. Anees A. Haddad and Dr. Won Kil Yoon. Dr. Haddad focuses on Family studies and Cross-Cultural issues, while Dr. Yoon specializes in social theory, race relations, globalization, and methodolgy. The program is also supported by teaching adjuncts from other departments and specialists outside the university.

What skills and abilities do Sociology majors acquire?

Sociology teaches students group interaction, the importance of social variables, and other factors necessary for success. Dr. Haddad noticed the need for socially aware employees when he was the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at La Sierra (1984-1990), “I met many CEO’s during that time period who were looking for employees who are trained to be socially intelligent, and are able to effectively interact with others in the workplace.”

What can I do with a degree in Sociology?

There is indeed a great demand for graduates with a degree in Sociology in the work force today. Major fields of jobs include, but are not restricted to, teaching, administration of justice, family and human relations, and health care.


Contact Us

Department of History, Politics, and Society
La Sierra University,
4500 Riverwalk Parkway,
Riverside, CA 92515


Andrew Howe
(951) 785-2065


Office Location:
La Sierra Hall
Room 302


Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


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