History & Political Science Department
Through our department, you can 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 currently offer academic programs in American studies, history, political science, public administration and social science. We also offer minors in history, political science and social science as well as a pre-law program. 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.
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.
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 Course||AP Examination Score||Harding Course||Credit Hours|
|European History||4||Hist 2110||3|
|Government & Politics||4||Pols 1787||3|
|U.S. History||4||Hist 1010 or 1020||3|
CLEP Subject Examinations
|Subject Examination||Cut Score||College Course||Credit Earned|
|American Government||62||Pols 1787||3|
|History of U.S. I||59||Hist 1010||3|
|History of U.S. II||59||Hist 1020||3|
|Western Civilization I||57||Hist 2100||3|
|Western Civilization II||57||Hist 2110||3|
Raymond L. Muncy Scholarship
The Raymond L. Muncy Scholarship is a onetime financial award for undergraduate students at Harding University majoring in history who demonstrate exceptional scholarship, research, and Christian character. The Scholarship was created to honor the late Raymond L. Muncy who was Chairman of the Department of History and Social Sciences from 1965 to 1993. His teaching, mentoring, and scholarship modeled the best in Christian education. The award is applied toward tuition and is granted over the span of a single academic year. The award is presented annually at the Department of History and Political Science Banquet.
Learn outside the classroom
Through the American Experience Tour, students have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom by exploring history where it happened through a summer travel program. These trips bring students face to face with our nation’s key historical sites, enabling students to experience the events for themselves. Recent trips have included visits to the Cane Ridge Meeting House, the U.S. Capitol, Ellis Island, the Boston Freedom Trail, Gettysburg, Independence Hall, Mount Vernon, and the USS Constitution.
Each year, the History and Political Science department publishes the Chronicle, a newsletter summarizing and recording events from the year, department news, student projects, honors society events, the year's graduates and faculty profiles. Stay up to date with the department by reading the 2021 Chronicle newsletter and subscribing to future newsletters.