History & Government Department
Building Your Future
Programs in Daemen College’s History and Government Department expand the students’ intellectual horizons, equipping them with the skills to pursue a fulfilling career with a commitment to life-long learning.
- History and Government (including options to specialize in either Adolescent Education/Social Studies or Environmental Studies)
- Political Science
- Paralegal Studies
What Makes It Great
Ours is a combined department, including faculty members with expertise in various areas of history, political science, and law.
Faculty members are dedicated to teaching excellence; courses are taught by experienced professors, not teaching assistants. In addition to the typical coverage of general topics in history and government, faculty expertise and research interests include the following: women’s history, urban and rural issues in the U.S., modern history of the Middle East and South America, history of Russia and Eastern Europe, ancient history, constitutional law and the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S.electoral process, U.S.health care policy, Asian politics, the politics of globalization, the U.S. judicial system and practice of law in the U.S.
The Department emphasizes the development of strong critical thinking, research, and writing skills to help students prepare themselves for a variety of options in careers and graduate studies. Recent graduates have gone on to careers in law, teaching, higher education administration, law enforcement, business, and a variety of other areas.
- Small class sizes help facilitate enhanced interaction and provide personal attention to each student.
- Additional opportunities are available to explore areas of interest through minors in History, Political Science, Criminal Justice, Pre-Law, Women’s Studies, Black Studies, Atlantic Studies, Public History, and Public Administration.
- Certificate also available in Paralegal Studies
- Hands-on activities like the annual Moot Court Experience, Internships, and Career Learning Experiences give you the chance to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world experiences.
- Special Pre-Law advisors are also available to guide students who wish to attend law school after graduation.
- Our History and Government Club and Pre-Law Association offer opportunities to participate in student-centered activities related to historical and legal issues.
- Capstone Senior Thesis requirement.
Depending on the opportunities you’ve taken advantage of in the department, and your interest in furthering your studies, you’ll be prepared for a wide variety of options. Graduates pursue careers in law, law enforcement, secondary and higher education (teaching or administration), library or archival science, museum/historical society work, politics/government and community agencies, and many others.
"Completing a senior thesis has proved to be very helpful to me because through that I developed a better work ethic and learned what it took to work on a substantial research project. I use that work ethic everyday to keep up with the substantial amount of coursework that accumulates from week to week, and I am very thankful for it."
- Tyler Threehouse '10, Student at UB Law School
Recent Graduates’ Jobs and Graduate Studies
Teacher, lawyer, vocational counselor, management trainee, graduate students (in law, political science, Social Studies education, counseling, history, social work and higher education administration, among others).
Majors & Programs
Undergraduate Minors & Specializations