Bachelor’s of Arts in History

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The Department of History and Political Science at Notre Dame de Namur University offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science. The history major helps students comprehend the political, economic, social, religious, intellectual and artistic experiences of peoples all over the world and develop personal skills of research, organization, writing, and analysis. The political science program provides an understanding of important political ideas and ideologies as well as the workings of basic political processes and institutions. Many students have a double major in history and political science, and the department welcomes double majors – and minors – with other disciplines. The academic disciplines of the department are naturally and inevitably concerned with the university’s mission and vision and central to their emphasis on social justice and global peace. We challenge our students to understand how decisions made in the past continue to shape society and political discourse, and to appreciate their own agency in shaping a better world.

Completing a major in History and/or Political Science is an excellent preparation for graduate study (two-thirds of our recent graduates have gone on to graduate school or law school). Alumni of our department consistently defy the stereotype of the humanities or social sciences graduate unprepared for the job market. Rather, they find employment in a remarkable range of occupations, including law, real estate, the tech sector (Amazon, Facebook, Quantcast, Turn the Wheel), speech therapy, international development (Chemonics), politics (U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s office), public health, journalism (NPR), law enforcement, public relations (Director of Public Relations for the Golden State Warriors), the U.S. Army, public administration, and education.

History: See the NDNU General Catalog for program requirements and course descriptions.

Political Science: See the NDNU General Catalog for program requirements and course descriptions.


  • Department faculty work closely with students, enabled by small class sizes; and classes are often addressed by well-known scholars, representatives of NGOs, elected officials, and activists.
  • The department’s students are traditionally very active in campus affairs, including student government (a number of recent presidents of ASNDNU); The Argonaut, the prize-winning campus newspaper; and other student organizations such as Amnesty International, Bonner Leaders, Latinos Unidos, Students for Sustainability, the Orientation team, and the campus chapter of Phi Alpha Delta (the international law fraternity).
  • Students participate annually in the Model Arab League for West Coast colleges and universities, as well as pursue internships in legislators’ offices at the national, state, and local level.
  • Strong undergraduate participation in the department’s life and activities is encouraged. An annual student-alumni celebration, for example, largely organized by current students, brings History and Political Science alumni back to campus for dinner and for an evening of conversation and reflection on their careers and the role played by their education at NDNU.
  • Students have the opportunity to spend a semester in Washington, D.C, and overseas; recently students have studied in London, Oxford, Paris, Strasbourg, Florence, and Geneva and interned at the United Nations in New York City and the Mexican and Egyptian embassies in Washington, D.C.
  • Our graduates have been admitted to law school at UC-Hastings, the University of Michigan, American University, the University of Maryland, Santa Clara University, the University of San Francisco, McGeorge (University of the Pacific), Thomas Jefferson (San Diego), and the Universities of Bremen (Germany) and Edinburgh (Scotland); and to graduate school at Columbia University, UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis, Johns Hopkins, American University, San Francisco State, Arizona State, San José State, the University of Illinois-Chicago, Monterey Institute for International Studies, the University of San Francisco, Notre Dame de Namur, the University of London, the University of East Anglia (England), and the American Graduate School (Paris).

Admission Requirements

NDNU admits students for fall and spring semesters. Please visit Admissions for complete admission requirements.


NDNU Admissions

Stephen Cole, Ph.D.Chair, Department of History and Political Science


Patricia AndrewsSenior Lecturer

Kristen Edwards, Ph.D.Lecturer

Madeleine Fitzgerald, Ph.D.Assistant Professor

Ali Ferdowsi, Ph.D.Professor

Mane Hajdin, JD, Ph.D.Lecturer

Caitlín Jeffrey, Ph.D.Lecturer

Lawrence Lujan, Ph.D.Senior Lecturer

Megan Streicher NicholsLecturer