The mission of the History, Criminal Justice, and Political Science Department is to guide students toward growth in their base of knowledge in political science, history, criminal justice, and the social sciences in general, that they may have the opportunity to walk wisely, guided by the foundational purpose of this University--a Christian perspective toward faith and learning.
The purpose of the Department's majors is to ensure that students have access to the widest range of choices in career paths and academic concentrations without diluting the strength of the knowledge being imparted. The choice of majors also suggests the depth of course concentrations so that students can upon graduation choose to move forward to graduate education, professional schooling, or the job market.
Why Should I Study History?
For those hoping to enter law school, Campbell is one of the few schools to offer a focused and integrated Pre-Law program design to help students both gain admission to law school and do well once they are there. Of those who have attended Campbell's own law school, almost 100% have passed the bar examination upon graduation, and many have stayed at or near the top of their class.
The Department's programs for secondary social studies teacher candidates combine a degree in History or Social Science with Teacher Licensure and access to one of our nation's most important careers. For those who do not wish to teach, career opportunities in public history, which entails museum and historical site projects, abound.
Elective courses included in most of our majors also provide ample opportunity to pursue a minor in some other field of study. One of the more popular minors is Business Administration, which can be completed by adding to the two economics and mathematics courses required of most department majors another five courses in accounting and management. A recent national study recommended such a combination of a liberal arts degree and a business minor for all students considering a career in the corporate world, and one past dean of the University of North Carolina graduate school of business, a former IBM vice-president, recently recommended the liberal arts degree as the best degree for those hoping to pursue a career in business.
Campbell and the Department of History, Criminal Justice, and Political Science maintain a Christian purpose. Unlike secular institutions which often neglect the opportunity to teach a comprehensive view of academic relevance to the " real world," we pride ourselves on emphasizing a wide teaching perspective instead of a narrow, preconditioned approach to a student's understanding; we are intent on preparing individuals for important roles in society.