Department Chair: Professor Scott Roper
Castleton Polling Institute director: Professor Richard Clark
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18
History, Geography, Economics, and Political Science Department
Economics Coordinator: Professor Judy Robinson
Environmental Studies Coordinator: Professor Scott Roper
Geography Coordinator: Professor Scott Roper
Global Studies Coordinator: Associate Professor Adam Chill
History Coordinator: Professor Patricia van der Spuy
Political Science Coordinator: Professor Richard Clark
Social Studies Coordinator: Professor Patricia van der Spuy
The Department of History, Geography, Economics and Political Science (HGEP) is an innovative and interdisciplinary department that offers several liberal arts programs that prepare students to pursue meaningful careers and to act knowledgeably and effectively in the world:
- Economics (major-by-contract, minor)
- Environmental Studies (major-by-contract, minor)
- Geography (major-by-contract, minor)
- Global Studies (major, minor, certificate)
- History (major, minor, honors)
- Political Science (major, minor)
- Social Studies (major)
These programs educate students to identify, interpret, and constructively engage the many forces that influence humanity and shape the history and future of the world. Students develop excellent skills in reading critically, writing clearly, thinking analytically, researching effectively, and arguing persuasively, and thus are well prepared to teach, to earn a higher degree in graduate school, and to embark on a myriad of careers in the public and private sector.
Our alumni have become teachers, lawyers, professors, journalists, business people, rangers, librarians, researchers, authors, archivists, diplomats, screenwriters, bankers, editors, administrators, and politicians. Our graduates have also pursued higher degrees in such fields as Law, Education, Geography, Journalism, Economics, Political Science, Historic Preservation, Information Science, Museum Studies, Computer Science, and History.
Note to future teachers:
- Students who wish to teach at the elementary school level may elect to major in Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) with a concentration in HGEP, or to major in History while pursuing education licensure.
- Students who wish to teach at the secondary level may elect to major in Social Studies or History while pursuing education licensure.
- Students who are considering becoming a teacher but desire to keep their career options open may major in History with an additional major or minor in another HGEP discipline, and subsequently pursue postgraduate educational licensure.
For more information please visit our website at www.castleton.edu/history
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