The mission of the Department of Government and History is to provide effective instruction and educational programs in geography, history, intelligence studies, and political science. The department offers bachelor’s degrees and minors in fire and emergency services administration, geography, history, intelligence studies, political science, and professional studies. Degrees in intelligence studies and professional studies can both be completed online. The department also offers minors in philosophy, public administration, and sustainability as well as a minor and certificate program in Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT). The department supports the activities of its student honor societies and clubs, which include the History Honor Society Phi Alpha Theta, the Political Science Honor Society Pi Sigma Alpha, the International Social Science Honor Society Pi Gamma Mu, the History Club, the Organization of Security Students, the Political Science Club, the Pre-Law Club, and the Model UN. The Department of Government and History is committed to the mission of Fayetteville State University in accommodating the higher educational needs of its students and providing life-long experiences and cultural opportunities for members of its immediate and extended communities.
The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program that enables students to develop twenty-first century skills, such as critical thinking, communication, knowledge of global cultures, and related skills and knowledge that will prepare them for leadership roles and professional success in the global economy. At the same time, the program provides students the opportunity to develop an individualized program of specialized knowledge and skills consistent with their personal interests, professional goals, and previous experience.
B.S. Fire and Emergency Services Administration
- Student will be able to define and explain major concepts in the area of fire and emergency services administration.
- Student will be able to apply scientific knowledge to develop new solutions to solve administrative issues in the fire and emergency services.
- Student will be able to apply knowledge of fire and emergency services administration by working with stakeholders in the community through the study of political, economic, social, and historical contexts of fire and emergency services.
- Student will demonstrate the ability to read, interpret, and review scientific information regarding the fire and emergency services.
- Student will be able to communicate fire and emergency services related knowledge in both discussions and written forms.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts of physical and human geography.
- Define and explain the spatial interactions between human activities and environmental conservation.
- Demonstrate problem solving skills in the discipline with the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and other geospatial techniques.
- Develop writing skills, oral communication skills, and global literacy skills as applicable to spatial analysis of the human environment.
- Produce critically analyzed scholarship by using the latest technology to access available historical sources and applying historical methodology.
- Identify and distinguish historical eras and periods.
- Evaluate major historical figures and contributions of specific groups.
- Analyze significant historical events.
- Examine major historical interpretations.
B.A. Intelligence Studies
- Identify and distinguish the basic concepts and theoretical approaches to the emerging discipline of Intelligence Studies.
- Research, examine, and critique, orally and in writing, major issues, concerns, and debates—including ethics—within the emerging discipline and related disciplines such as Security Studies.
- Apply foreign cultural and linguistic knowledge to structure intelligence problems and provide solutions in response to security in the local, state, national, and international communities.
- Analyze the planning, implementing, and evaluating of intelligence activities in any setting (military/government, business/corporate, law enforcement/security) from the local to the global stage.
- Integrate theoretical approaches with practice through internships and service learning, as a professional intelligence analyst in the public and private sector.
B.A. Political Science
- Demonstrate the basic concepts and theoretical approaches in the discipline.
- Explain a thorough knowledge of the content, issues, concerns and debates within the sub-fields of the discipline: American Politics; Comparative Politics; International Relations; Public Administration; and Political Theory.
- Apply their mastery of concepts and content to relate the historical to the present nature of politics and governance.
- Apply theories and research methods to understand new and complex phenomena.
- Construct theoretical approaches with practice through internships.
- Develop writing skills, oral communication skills and computer literacy.
- Develop critical thinking skills and construct a sense of the responsibilities of democratic citizenship / personal political efficacy.
B.S. Professional Studies
- Present original written and spoken communications that display the organization, clarity, documentation, and persuasiveness that are essential for effective leadership in multiple professional settings.
- Construct reasonable and effective arguments using various forms of evidence drawn from multiple sources to address practical problems and issues that arise in multiple professional settings.
- Interpret, assess, and apply effectively statistical concepts and data in addressing practical problems and issues that arise in multiple professional settings.
- Deepen their appreciation of the diversity of cultures, belief systems, and values to enable them to interact effectively and work cooperatively with diverse peoples in multiple professional settings.
- Offer ethically defensible solutions to the problems and issues that emerge in multiple professional settings.
- Employ technical skills and synthesize advanced knowledge to solve problems in their respective areas of specialization and concentration.
- Evaluate information, data, and ideas from multiple sources to develop solutions in their respective areas of specialization and concentration.