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Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy and American Studies

The department of history, political science, philosophy, American studies and religion is part of the College of Arts and Sciences and represents one of USC Upstate's most diverse departments.

HPPA offers both Bachelor of Arts degrees and minors in history and political science, along with minors in philosophy, pre-law, American studies, Southern studies and religion. The department offers upper and lower-level courses in military science.

Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series
The series is dedicated to bringing significant scholars in history, political science, philosophy and religion to the University of South Carolina Upstate and the Upstate community. This year's speaker is Rick Atkinson. His topic is Ten Things Every American Should Know About World War II. The date of the event is March 16, 2017. 

Southern Studies
The new southern studies minor is available in fall 2014 for the first time. Requiring 21 hours of study, the minor offers students an opportunity to examine the South through its history, literature, geology, geography and government. The minor offers opportunities for independent studies and internships and is a complement to majors in history, political science, English and other fields. Contact Dr. Carol Loar (cloar@uscupstate.edu) for more information.

Interested in history? The History Club is interested in you! For club information, please contact club advisor Ms. Tammy Pike (tpike@uscupstate.edu).

Political Science
If you are interested in USC Upstate's highly successful Model United Nations team, please contact Dr. Trevor Rubenzer (trubenzer@uscupstate.edu).

Scholarship Opportunities

HPPA students are eligible for University scholarships and are especially encouraged to explore the scholarship opportunities available under the College of Arts and Sciences listing and the general scholarships available to USC Upstate students.

Department Chair
Dr. Carol Loar

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USC Upstate
Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy & American Studies
Media, Room 102
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5795
Fax: 864-503-5890
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