History & Political Science

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

    Undergrad Programs
  • Participate in hands-on learning like this augmented reality sandbox.

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

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

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

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

    Tenor of Our Times
  • Discover unique learning experiences outside the classroom — like the American Experience Tour.

    Department Trips

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 Holland-Waller Center. 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 Clifton L. Ganus Sr. 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.

Learn about Dr. Clifton L. Ganus Sr.

Born in 1903 in Hillsboro, Texas, Clifton L. Ganus, Sr. lived a life of service to God, his family, and those around him. He and his wife, Martha Jewell Bearden, used their talents to encourage people and provide opportunities to help others flourish.

In 1929, Ganus moved his family to New Orleans. Though he had dropped out of school after the fourth-grade, Ganus developed into a trusted leader in business, banking, civic life, education and faith.

In 1932 he founded Finest Foods Inc. The company’s A&G restaurants, cafeterias and Mrs. Drake’s Sandwiches were soon established in the local food culture, providing jobs to hundreds of New Orleanians. His ethical behavior and bold business practices led him to numerous leadership roles, including helping to found Progressive Bank and Trust Company. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s he organized support for orphans, military servicemen and other worthy causes. Though never running for office, Ganus engaged in civic life by appointment to numerous local committees and boards, including being selected in 1950 to help write the charter for the City of New Orleans.

In 1939, he sent his oldest son to Harding College to begin a long relationship with Christian education. Appointed to Harding’s Board of Trustees, he served as the chair between 1940 and 1954. In 1950 he founded a Christian school in New Orleans that became the Clifton L. Ganus School after his death. Ganus’ devotion to his own faith, and to helping develop faith in others, guided his life. His childhood sweetheart and wife, Martha Jewell, joined him in all of his efforts, but especially in encouraging spiritual growth in those around them.

Ganus passed away in 1955 at the age of 51. His wife and children — Cliff, James, Arvis, and Joy — each continued his legacy of devotion and created their own.

May all of the faculty, staff and students be inspired by his diligent devotion to helping others, to leading his family and to living his faith.

The 1924 Experience

This year we will explore the events of 1924 and the context into which Harding College was born. Join us for The 1924 Experience including speakers, exhibits and experiences that help define the world of our founders.

The 1924 Experience

Travel and Learn outside the classroom

Are you interested in learning about historical events where they occurred? Many courses include a trip to immerse students in rich, interactive learning environments. Learn more

Tenor of Our Times

Tenor of Our Times is an award-winning history journal managed by Harding students. The journal publishes outstanding works of original scholarship by current students and recent alumni. Student editors manage the entire process with faculty assistance, providing valuable experience in editing, advertising, peer review and publication of a print and online journal.

Model United Nations

By simulating the United Nations, students explore a country’s unique history, culture and politics in order to attend conferences where they act as that nation’s diplomatic corps. Students build and showcase skills in collaborative research, written and oral communication, critical thinking and teamwork, which are important skills in educational pursuits and the workplace.

Outstanding Alumni

AP/Clep Credit

The Department of History & 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 & 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 & Political Science Banquet.