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Department of History & Related Fields
Politics, History, & Economics
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Department of History & Related Fields

Politics, History, & Economics

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

PSEO/Early college online classes

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

PSEO/Early college online classes

Learn how you can contribute to the common good in the realm of politics and government and equip yourself with the insight needed to think clearly in the midst of political "spin" and "noise." The politics, history, and economics program will equip you professionally. This degree lays the foundation for careers in education, law, government, public administration, and international relations. Being located in the capital of Minnesota provides many opportunities.

Why study politics, history and economics at Northwestern?

The Politics, History, and Economics (PHE) major is an interdisciplinary program. It integrates five important components to provide powerful lenses of understanding and preparation for action:

Politics - Understanding politics and the dynamics of political power is essential for engaging effectively with domestic or foreign concerns.

History - Knowing the historical nature of contemporary issues and global developments builds a deeper knowledge around today’s international realities.

Economics - In an increasingly-connected global economy, you must understand the basis of economics to understand the impacts of proposed policies.

Philosophy - Thinking rationally, reasonably, and with empathy is the basis for taking wise actions, and philosophers’ perspectives can contribute to our understanding about political questions.

Communication – Effectively outlining and explaining issues can lead to greater influence of the ideas and policies we support.

With these elements, the PHE program will equip you “to give God-honoring leadership in the home, church, community and world.”

The major is flexible—it allows you to choose emphases and specialties (including political communication). You will get hands-on experience when you participate in internships, including an opportunity to attend the American Studies Program in Washington, D.C.

What will I learn?

You will learn to think critically, research, write effectively, and expand your knowledge of politics, economics, and history.


of seniors view the faculty as available and accessible


Semester in Washington, D.C.


of seniors are able to discuss their major through a biblical worldview

What Can You Do?

  • Law
  • City Government (Urban and Regional Planning)
  • Legislative or administrative support
  • International Activities (Diplomacy, Non-Governmental Organizations)
  • Non-Profit Administration
  • Advocacy (Think-Tanks)
  • Media and Communication related to Politics and Campaigns

Northwestern history alumni have worked for the Secret Service, gone on to law school at Harvard University, University of Minnesota, William Mitchell College of Law, and more. Others teach history and social studies, pursue advanced degrees, or work in business, law enforcement, intelligence services, or state government and public policy.

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