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Department Highlights | History & Politics
History and Politics
The Department of History and Politics believes that historical thinking is an essential feature of faithful living. In our history classes, we aim to help cultivate in students the skills, knowledge, and virtues necessary for thinking historically. To think historically is to read all dimensions of the creation with a keen and subtle awareness of how they were shaped by processes rooted in the remote and the recent past. It also involves understanding past events, ideas, institutions, and civilizations within their thick and varied contexts. To achieve these goals, the department offers both a major and minor in history and a concentration in art history.
We also believe in the importance of civic thinking for a vibrant society. Our political science classes develop civic thinking by providing students with the theories, analytical skills, empirical methods, and research opportunities to understand the patterns of conflict and cooperation that characterize relations within and between states and peoples. The department offers a major and minor in political science to achieve these goals.
Dr. Richard R. Follet (Washington University) is a professor of history. His special areas of interest include crime and the law in eighteenth and nineteenth-century England, Evangelicalsim and nineteenth-century British politics.
Dr. Jay D. Green (Kent State University) is a professor of history.
Dr. Peter Hill ’77 (University of Pittsburgh, Law) is a visiting professor of political science. A retired lieutenant colonel, Dr. Hill enjoys studying American political behavior, organizational structures, norms, government, and thinking.
Dr. Cale Horne ’00 (University of Georgia) is a professor of political science. His research interests include public opinions and politics of non-democratic states.
Dr. Alicia Jackson (University of Mississippi) is an associate professor of history.
Dr. Paul J. Morton ’83 (University of Southern California) is a professor of history, the department chair, and the dean of academic programs.
Dr. Anna Rannou (University of Kentucky) is a lecturer in political science. Her research focuses are about ethnicity, nationalism, and migration studies.
For the student wishing to explore more disciplines than would normally be provided by selecting a major and a minor field, the interdisciplinary major gives the option of broader coverage.
Interdisciplinary studies employs a holistic approach that consciously applies a methodology from more than one discipline (integration) to examine a person’s work, central theme, issue, problem, topic, or experience. This may give the student a better basis for such careers as advertising, business, law, or the ministry. At the same time, we encourage the students to not view the interdisciplinary studies major as an escape from choosing a major in a single academic discipline. The students understand that, though the interdisciplinary major seeks to provide some depth in two or more academic disciplines, it does not give the same in-depth grasp of a discipline that choice of a major in a single field would. This allows them to perform in many different fields, and be aptly prepared for working with knowledge from each individual discipline.
Dr. Jay D. Green (Kent State University) is a professor of history and the IDS program coordinator at Covenant.