The Department of Political Science/History is a combination of the Political Science Program and the History Program.
The Political Science Program
The Political Science Program offers courses designed to prepare students for advanced study in graduate school and professional school (notably law school). Such preparation includes the understanding of political systems and political processes in the United States and elsewhere, the understanding of basic concepts found in the field of political science, and the learning of basic research methods.
An interdisciplinary International Studies Emphasis is also housed in the Department of Political Science. This concentration serves to promote global awareness and a sense of global citizenship on the part of Tougaloo students, to orient students toward growing opportunities in the international sector (public, private, and nonprofit), and prepare them for graduate and professional study in internationally-oriented programs.
The History Program
The Department of History combines the traditional liberal arts emphasis with more recently added courses on African-American and World History. This structure enables the student to examine the human past either as one of several possible courses in a liberal arts education or as preparation for graduate and professional school. History majors have graduated in recent years and gone on to successful careers in teaching, government service, journalism, law, archival work, and the business world.
William Woods, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History