History and Political Science students get a little silly with masks of presidents.

History and Political Science

How has history shaped who we are? How has who governed us impacted our future, and how are we protecting our country? Who are we beyond these geographic and cultural borders? These questions are at our department’s core.

Our students are the kind that want to help shape public policy and diplomatic efforts, see the world and make a global impact, or use what’s happened before to influence how we approach future decisions.

A global perspective comes standard here. You’ll have ample opportunity to study abroad — we offer mini-mesters and full semester options that will give you a life-changing, impossible-to-forget learning experience in another country. We’ve sent students to nearly 50 countries. Combine that with intensive studies of governments around the world, and you’ll come out with a more thorough understanding of how the world works than you thought possible. And with our pre-law studies/legal studies minor, you can prepare for the rigors of law school — it’s all right here, at the perfect academic intersection of history and political science.

Postcards from around the world near the International Relations program at York College
An international focus comes standard in our department.
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Traveling abroad to study? That's the kind of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that can transform your worldview and your career prospects.

Study Abroad

Anyone is eligible to study abroad, and for good reason — it’s a life-changing experience we don’t want anyone to miss. Find yourself studying in countries such as Italy, Japan, and Austria, gaining cultural understanding (and unbelievable memories) along the way.

Student Opportunities and Experiences

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GIS Lab
We offer modern Geographic Informations Systems technology to study geospatial data.
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Model UN
We host an annual high school Model United Nations Conference - our students organize and carry out the entire event.
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Pre-Law Studies
Our pre-law studies track helps prepare you for entry into law school.

Scholarships that honor outstanding work, as well as study abroad scholarships. Scholarships and Awards

  • History and Political Science Awards

    The Millard E. Gladfelter Awards

    Provides up to $1,000 to one or two students each academic year to support research and special projects focused on critical issues in social, environmental, economic, or political affairs. Selected students work with faculty on a yearlong research project earning six credits of independent study.

    The Ida G. Gladfelter Fellowship

    Provides up to $1,000 to one student each academic year to support research and special projects focused on critical issues in social, environmental, economic, or political affairs. Selected students work with faculty on a yearlong research project earning six credits of independent study.

    Khana Award

    Recognizes academic achievement in International Studies.

    Kenneth S. Hatch Award

    Provides credit for purchase of textbooks at the York College Bookstore for students who exhibit academic merit and financial need.

    James L. Morrison Award

    Recognizes academic achievement in American history courses.

    Departmental Recognition

    Awarded at graduation to students who have combined academic achievement with a record of service and involvement.

Contact Us
History and Political Science
John Altman
Humanities Center, Room 101
Phone: 717.815.1953
jaltman@ycp.edu
Hours 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Lori Nolte
Administrative Assistant
Humanities Center, Room 100
717.815.1329
lnolte@ycp.edu

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