Politics, History, & Economics | University of Northwestern, St. Paul
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. The Politics, History, and Economics program will equip you with God-honoring leadership skills that can be utilized in your church, community, and world.

Politics, History, & Economics (PHE) may be the right degree for you if you

  • want to take action and see a change in the world
  • are eager to learn more about history, finance, legislation, and social issues
  • desire a career in education, law, government, public administration, or international relations

Why study politics, history and economics at Northwestern?

Located in the capital of Minnesota, UNW provides numerous opportunities for students to get hands-on experience. This includes an opportunity to attend the American Studies Program in Washington, D.C.

The PHE major is an interdisciplinary program. This allows for flexibility to choose emphases and specialties (including political communication). PHE integrates five important components to provide powerful lenses of understanding and preparation for action.

Politics - You'll build an understanding of how dynamic political power is essential for engaging with domestic or foreign concerns.

History - You'll gain knowledge of the historical nature of contemporary issues and global developments. Which will build a deeper knowledge around today’s international realities.

Economics - You'll learn the basics of economics to understand the impacts of policies.

Philosophy - You'll develop skills to think rationally and with empathy.

Communication – You'll learn how to effectively outline and explain issues. Leading to a greater influence of ideas and policies.

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.


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 will I learn?

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

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