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Department of History, Political Science,
and Philosophy

Pearl Buck said, “If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” If you are fascinated by the rise and fall of empires, the events leading to the world wars, and how events of the past relate and are mirrored in modern times, you’ll feel right at home in the Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy at Indiana University Kokomo. When you are a part of this program, you won’t just have your nose in a textbook; this program is interdisciplinary and hands on. 

I couldn’t do any of the things I want to do without my degree. My dream is to be an archivist. I want to be the person to go to when people need to find tidbits of information, or documents. I want to be the person who can put my hands on that and find it. I love books, and I love information.

Julia Person, B.A. ‘17, History and Political Science 

The history/political science program offers a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in History/Political Science and several minors for you to choose from. You can get involved with your peers and faculty by joining the Philosophy Club or the History/Political Science Club; check out our Facebook page to see what we do for fun around here! 

A Lifetime of Success

Military mechanic earns history degree
Julia Person describes herself as “a glorified gas station attendant.” However, that description would only be apt if your average gas station could fly at a speed of 530 miles per hour at 30,000 feet above the earth, and carry up to 322,000 pounds of fuel. As a crew chief for the U.S. Air Force Reserves, Julia is responsible for maintaining a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.
Medieval studies to graduate program
When Tucker Million began his search for the right graduate program; he knew he wanted to follow in the footsteps of a professor who influenced him while he earned his undergraduate degree. Million, who graduates from Indiana University Kokomo in May, earned a full tuition grant valued at approximately $40,000 per year, for the Ph.D. program in medieval history at University of Rochester.
Students earn Model U.N. awards
Indiana University Kokomo students’ skills in diplomacy, communication, negotiation, and current events earn them recognition as top delegates at the recent Model United Nations competition. Diane Frederickson earned recognition as one of the top three delegates in her security council, while Jessica McGibbon-Rademaker, Swayzee, and Garrett Hill, Russiaville, and Evan Cass, Greentown, and Michael Sommers, Peru, tied for third place in their security councils. Frederickson, from Kokomo, called it “an awesome experience.”
Student researches IU's history for Bicentennial
As Indiana University prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary, one IU Kokomo student’s research is bringing some of its historical figures to light. Delving into the archives, Hannah Bourne has read journals, scholarly writings, holiday cards, and program books from campus events nearly 100 years ago, details that helped her share the stories of those who have been part of IU’s story.
Last updated: 08/16/2017