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Social Science & History Department

Engage the complexities of the human experience through History, Sociology and Political Science.

Asbury University’s Department of Social Science and History brings together an array of faculty members who share an interest in the foundations of the social and political order. Two disciplines long at the heart of the social science enterprise are political science and sociology. Through theoretically informed, empirically-based study of political and social systems (respectively), these disciplines help students understand how human civilizations have functioned across time and place, with particular emphasis on the role of individuals, families, groups, nation-states, regimes, ideology, and culture during the modern era. Scholars of history, on the other hand, bring an assortment of methodological tools and perspectives onto the task of understanding and interpreting events and eras. Each of the disciplines under this Departmental umbrella can prepare undergraduates to thrive across any number of professions and work settings.

At present, the Department offers undergraduate programs in all three of these areas. The political science program is a 42 credit major with emphases in international affairs or American politics. The sociology program features 35 credit hours of coursework, with emphases in classical sociology or global studies and engagement. The history program is composed of 33 credit hours of study, with flexibility for students to draw from many upper division history courses. Each program also encourages students to engage in internships, independent studies, and study abroad opportunities.

Asbury Political Science Student Attends United Nations Intensive Summer Program

Jul 2, 2024 — In June, Political Science major Danylo Mykhaliuk ’25 attended the United Nations (UN) Intensive Summer Program near the UN Headquarters in New York.

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Asbury Scholars Present Groundbreaking Book at International Medieval Conference

Jun 3, 2024 — In May at the 59th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Associate Professor of Classical Languages Randy Richardson and Professor of History (Emeritus) Dr. Burnam Reynolds ’70 served on a roundtable about their recent book, Gregory of Tours: The Book of the Miracles of the Blessed Andrew the Apostle.

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Apr 17, 2024 — The annual SEARCH Symposium, held April 8-9 on campus at Asbury, allowed students, faculty, staff and guests to share their research and academic passion with their peers.

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Asbury Psychology Professors Present Refugee Research at Conference

Apr 11, 2024 — Asbury Psychology professors Dr. Laura Dryjanska and Dr. Marcus Kilian recently presented research at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) conference in Atlanta, Ga.

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