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

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    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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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.

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 21103
Government & Politics4Pols 17873
U.S. History4Hist 1010 or 10203


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

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.

Department Newsletter

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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.