Department of History & Political Studies

Washington Adventist University’s (WAU) History and Political Studies Department emphasizes the unique advantages of the nation’s capital as the setting for the study of History and Politics. The Political Studies degree combines practical experience gained though a Washington D.C Internship with course work focusing on the political dimension of the human experience. This is a department that thrives on excellence and service.
Joan Francis PHD Chair
Dr. Joan A. Francis, Chair
Phone: 301-576-0110;
Fax: 301-891-4576;
Richards Hall, Room 2018

Our Faculty

Dr. William Ellis

Dr. Doug Morgan

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Career Opportunities

A major in History or Political Studies equips the graduate with skills in critical thinking. Effective communication, and knowledgeable participation in society. Graduates are thus positioned to enter many different professions, including but not limited to:

  • Analysis
  • Archeology
  • Archiving
  • Business
  • Education
  • Government Analyst
  • Historical Conservation
  • Historical Research
  • International Development
  • International Policy
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • NGOs
  • Policy Advising
  • Teaching
  • US Government

Programs Offered

History (BA) see attatched File marked HistBA1
History Education (BA) see attatched File Marked HistBA2
Political Science (BA) see attatched File Marked PlstBA1

Field Trips

The department of History and Political Studies provides multiple educational trips not only for students in the department but for all students on campus. Every Fall semester the department takes a group of students to visit the United Nations headquarters in New York City. There, they receive a briefing from a UN official and a tour of their facilities.

History and Political Studies Field Trip


Due to its location, the Department has access to various resources such as the Library of Congress, local Law Firms, NGOs such as ADRA, Amnesty International, Global Peace Foundation, Various Museums, and Monuments.

Honor Society 

Students who demonstrate excellence in their work are eligible for membership in the International Honor Society in History, Phi Alpha Theta. As soon as you complete 12 credit hours in History with a GPA of 3.1 you are eligible to join this society.

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