History, Political Science, Philosophy and American Studies (HPPA)

About HPPA

The Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and American Studies (HPPA) offers Bachelors degrees in History and Political Science, and minors in Pre-law, History, Political Science, Philosophy, American Studies, Southern Studies, and African-American Studies. We are also the home of the USC Upstate ROTC program.

All of our programs are designed to give you the critical thinking skills and writing skills necessary to thrive whatever your career choice. Our award-winning faculty members are known for their teaching and research skills. We offer one-on-one advising and mentorship, and love conducting research projects with out students. We offer a variety of extracurricular and co-curricular activities including Mock Trial, internships, study abroad experiences, and student organizations.

Careers in History and Political Science

HPPA programs help prepare students for careers as attorneys, historians, researchers and data scientists, educators, librarians civil servants, as well as any field that values critical thinking, writing, and research skills. Our graduates have also gone on to complete masters and doctoral degrees in History, Political Science, Law, Philosophy, and Education.

Our alumni work locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally as lawyers, paralegals, survey statisticians, city planners, librarians, teachers, and officers in the armed services.

History and Political Science majors are competitive on the job market. Take a look at the expected earnings by college major in South Carolina to see where HPPA can take you!

Are You Thinking About Law School or Graduate School?

Any student with an accredited college degree can take the LSAT and go to law school. However, some students tend to do better than others. Two HPPA majors (History and Political Science) produce higher scores than other common USC Upstate majors with students who apply to law school. Philosophy is also a great minor based on LSAT scores for the Philosophy major! Just one or two points can separate an accepted application from a denied application. Higher scores are also more likely to lead to scholarships! Take a look at this data from the Law School Admissions Council.

History and Political Science are also great majors for students who want to go to graduate school is fields like law, public administration, education, library science, public history, and political science. According to data maintained by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, History and Political Science Majors often earn advanced degrees, which further increases career and earnings potential.

What Can an HPPA Minor Do for You?

We have a variety of minors to suit your needs. You can gain legal internship experience in the Pre-law minor. Philosophy minors develop key critical thinking skills and tend to do very well on the LSAT. African-American Studies minors are able to take courses across a number of disciplines that match their interests. American and Southern Studies minors are exposed to national and regional culture in way that makes then more effective citizens. Of course, you can also minor in Political Science or History.

What Our Graduates Say About HPPA?

Check out what a few of our graduates say about their degree in Political Science or History. You can see the great places they are going and how their degree helped get them there!

“Working as a National Security professional in the Washington D.C. area has allowed me to further appreciate the value of my Political Science degree. Courses such as International Politics, Middle Eastern Politics, and Comparative Politics were instrumental in shaping my understanding of various political issues and, more importantly, security and global threats.”

Daren Edoukou: Political Science Graduate
Occupation: Intelligence Analyst, Department of Homeland Security