The History, Philosophy, Political Science and Religion Department at Marietta College offers majors in History and Political Science with minors in Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Philosophy, and Religion.
The History program at Marietta is designed to instill in students a thorough background in the liberal arts, to prepare them for many possible careers, and to lay the foundation for a rich and rewarding life. We offer an active, well-qualified faculty, a balanced curriculum, a great deal of personal attention and opportunities for off-campus study. The program is structured to ensure that students are exposed to courses in American, European, and non-Western history.
Marietta is a great place to be for the study of history. The city marked the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory and its environs are rich in historical heritage, complete with prehistoric Indian mounds, as well as pioneer and river history. Our internship program provides for useful curatorial and archival work in the Campus Martius Museum, the Ohio River Museum, and the College's rare book Collection. And Marietta's Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, recognizes students for outstanding achievement in history.
The campus library houses the Stimson Collection of Americana, featuring more than 21,000 volumes, an extensive collection of original manuscripts pertaining to the Northwest Territory and early Ohio, and primary resource materials focusing on history. In addition, the History Department offers an excellent book and periodical collection.
Political Science is the study of political behavior and the groups and institutions through which power is exercised. Marietta's versatile faculty offer courses in such wide-ranging fields as American politics, public policy, comparative and international politics, and political theory.
Throughout the program, students examine the purposes and problems of politics and evaluate many of the controversial issues of political life. They also assess different viewpoints about the world community, analyzing political issues and relating them to ethical decisions.
All Political Science majors complete internships, a study abroad program, or a Washington Semester program. These opportunities help students apply what is learned in their formal studies and prepare for law school, graduate studies in public policy, or careers in business, government, or education.
Marietta College offers many co-curricular activities in areas related to Political Science. Campus organizations include College Democrats and Republicans, Model UN, and American-International Association. In addition, many of our students participate in state and local political campaigns and volunteer in community projects. Marietta's chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, recognizes students for outstanding achievement in political science. Marietta College offers many co-curricular activities in areas related to Political Science.
The Asian Studies Program offers a variety of unique opportunities for students with an interest in Asia. The minor provides students with a comprehensive understanding of this part of the world through a variety of classes, including language and history.
In addition, several programs allow students to put into practice what they have learned. Strategic relationships with both the Foreign Affairs College and the University of International Relations in China have allowed students to study abroad and professors to visit the colleges. Both institutions also send students and professors to Marietta, providing insight into Chinese culture that is difficult to obtain through coursework.
Marietta College also hosts the annual Asian Studies Symposium where students from various colleges gather to present papers on Asian topics.
The Latin American Studies Program introduces students to the languages, cultures, politics, economics, and history of Latin America. It also provides academic and experiential opportunities in Latin America for Marietta students and faculty and brings scholars from Latin America to the campus. The program is interdisciplinary and uses the resources of several departments. Students can participate in various ways outside of the minor. The College’s Study Abroad Office has information on studying at several universities in Latin America. For example, under the East Central College Consortium program, students can study for a semester or a year and students have recently studied or currently are studying at the Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología, San Jose, Costa Rica, Universidad Blas Pascal, Córdoba, Argentina, and the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico at San German. The College encourages students to study abroad and, within limits, financial aid assistance continues while the student is overseas.
As part of the McDonough Center for Business and Leadership, the International Leadership Studies program offers international opportunities for students to travel to Latin American countries and meet with community leaders involved in urban and rural reform.
The word "philosophy" is of Greek origin and means "love of wisdom." We often think of a philosopher as someone who contemplates fundamental questions of life, death, and truth. Today's philosophers dwell on the topics of our rapidly changing world. Indeed, because philosophers take such care with thought, the study of philosophy provides the highest level of training in analytical or reasoning skills.
Students who minor in Philosophy take courses covering logic, aesthetics, ethics, and metaphysics/epistemology. They become familiar with what some of the greatest thinkers in the world have believed about art and beauty, goodness and the difference between right and wrong, reality, and the study of the criteria on which we base our claims to knowledge.
Class sizes are small and consist largely of discussion, so students have the opportunity to discuss and explore philosophical issues with other students and the professor.
The philosophy minor helps prepare students for law school and other graduate programs, as well as careers in government, teaching, and business.
Students pursuing the minor in Religion study courses such as Contemporary American Religion, Women in Judeo-Christian Tradition, History of Religion in the U.S., Sociology of Religion, Renaissance and Reformation, and Religion in Revolutionary Age.
Combined with the right major, the Religion minor can lead to an array of exciting careers, including social service work, religious broadcasting, publishing, or journalism; education as a college instructor or librarian; or full-time work as a youth leader or music director.