A History of Excellence
Covering everything from philosophy and economics to history and international studies, the History, Global & Political Studies department helps students challenge assumptions, make connections, and apply historical knowledge to contemporary current issues.
The wide variety of disciplines and majors represented in the department are grounded in research, analysis, critical thinking, and truth seeking. Through these values—as well as through practical learning in discussions, case studies, lectures, and simulations—students develop fresh insights and perspectives that join textbook knowledge with global realities and a Christian worldview.
Not only are the History, Global & Political Studies professors serious about what they teach, they’re serious about incorporating their own personalities in the classroom and encouraging their students to do the same. The faculty create a family atmosphere—hosting movie nights, meals, and badminton tournaments while prompting their students to join in career development opportunities like research groups, the American Studies Program, and Taylor’s chapter of the American Enterprise Institute Council.
Taylor is an campus chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, one of the nation’s premier history fraternities. In addition to enriching students’ intellectual experiences by exposing them to speakers, readings, and community gatherings, membership in Phi Alpha Theta will assist them in gaining admittance to graduate schools and earning job interviews with employers.
Upcoming Guest Lecture Events
All are welcome to learn from these distinguished guest speakers.
Matthew T. Martens, Partner and Co-chair of Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice Group at WilmerHale Law in Washington, DC
“A Christian Case for Limited Government”
Monday, September 19 at 7 pm in the Ayres Hall Courtroom
Tracy McKenzie, PhD, Arthur F. Holmes Chair of Faith and Learning and Professor of History at Wheaton College
“We the Fallen People: The Constitution, Human Nature, and the Crisis of Democracy”
Monday, September 26 at 4 pm in the Ayres Hall Courtroom
Doug Koopman, Halbrook Guest Lecture, Director in Residence of the American Studies Program, Washington DC
Monday, October 24 at 7 pm in the Ayres Hall Courtroom
Russell Balikian ‘09, Halbrook Guest Lecture, Associate Attorney at the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Monday, November 7 at 7 pm in the Ayres Hall Courtroom
See for Yourself
Listen to faculty explain how a History, Global & Political Science degree will prepare you to fulfill your passions and advance God’s kingdom.
Study Abroad in Egypt
Looking to broaden your horizons while in college? Check out this glimpse of a past J-term trip to Egypt.
Halbrook Freedom Lecture Series
The Halbrook Freedom Lecture Series is named for 1967 Taylor alumnus John A. Halbrook. The goal of the lecture series is for every student at Taylor University to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the freedoms and responsibilities afforded to citizens under the U.S. Constitution, and that they will carry that knowledge and understanding into their workplaces, churches, and communities. As part of the lecture series, author, educator, and columnist Arthur C. Brooks spoke to the student body at chapel on October 1, 2021.
Get Outside the Classroom
- Research Groups: Join department research groups and do firsthand research with your professors and colleagues on topics like human trafficking and surveys and polling.
- American Enterprise Institute Council: Taylor’s branch of the American Enterprise Institute Council allows students to get involved in a national organization, make professional connections, participate in advanced research projects, and promote political discussions across campus.
- Internships: History, Global, and Political Studies majors have interned at a wide variety of premier organizations, including the FBI and local, state, and national legislature. Find your career niche in areas like the government, missions, corporate or private businesses, or societal research companies.
- Study Abroad: Taylor’s History, Global, and Political Studies programs offer opportunities to study global history, economics, politics, and culture overseas. Students interested in studying the Middle East can spend a semester at Jerusalem University. Other places to travel include Latin America, Spain, London, and more. Our students can also work stateside in the heart of Washington D.C. with Best Semester’s American Studies Program.
Check out the links below to hear History, Global, and Political Studies faculty present research and expertise at conferences, societies, and special events.