History & Political Science Department
  • This is a photo of students in the history department at Harding.

    Take courses in history, political science, geography, and more.

    Academic Programs
  • This is a photo of a history class at Harding.

    Study the structure and operation of domestic political institutions, voting and other forms of political behavior.

    Academic Programs
  • History1

    Part scientist, detective, author and poet; historians search for truth using the records of the past.

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  • History4

    Get involved with student organizations on campus — from pre-law to political science.

  • Tenor_times

    Write for Tenor of Our Times — a student publication designed to encourage understanding of the past and present.

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  • ExperienceTour

    Discover unique learning experiences outside the classroom — like the American Experience Tour.

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Gain access to the human experience and discover the forces that affect our way of living. Take on relevant skills and an enhanced capacity for informed citizenship, critical thinking and awareness.

Whenever you are on campus, please accept our invitation to visit our department which is located in the Ganus Building. We look forward to meeting you and sharing further detailed information about our programs of study and how we can help you attain your educational and career goals.

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of History and Political Science is to provide a quality, Christ-honoring instruction in the study of the past, politics, and public life that enables students to perceive the meaning, and determine the context, of societal issues.

AP/Clep Credit

The Department of History and Political Science grants credit for AP and CLEP examination scores as per the following schedule.  If you need further information on these programs, please contact us.

Advanced Placement Credit

AP CourseAP Examination ScoreHarding CourseCredit Hours
European History4Hist 2100 or 21103
Government & Politics4Pols 17873
U.S. History3Hist 1010 or 10203
U.S. History4Hist 1010 and  10206


CLEP Subject Examinations

Subject ExaminationCut ScoreCollege CourseCredit Earned
American Government62Pols 17873
History of U.S. I59Hist 10103
History of U.S. II59Hist 10203
Western Civilization I57Hist 21003
Western Civilization II57Hist 21103