Department of History & Government
Mission of the Department of History and Government
The mission of the Department of History & Government is to offer bachelor's degree programs in Political Science, History, and Social Studies Education, minors in Political Science, History, Geography, and the Humanities, and a broad array of required and elective general education courses.
We seek to engage energetically with students, faculty, and the public as inspired teachers and dedicated researchers committed to fostering scholarship, dialogue, and service across the Cameron University community, Lawton/Fort Sill, and Southwest Oklahoma. While passionate about our individual disciplines, we also work at the intersection of the humanities and the social sciences, and bring critical perspectives from those fields to all facets of our academic life. We welcome partnerships with anyone wishing to join us in these endeavors.
Ours is a community of more than twenty full and part-time faculty, staff, and student workers dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. We offer bachelor's degree programs in Political Science, History, and Social Studies Education, minors in Political Science, History, Geography, and the Humanities, and a broad array of required and elective general education courses. We serve approximately 160 majors and well over one thousand other students annually.
We believe passionately in the importance of the Liberal Arts in general, and in the study of our academic disciplines in particular. They are among the very best means of preparing students to make sense of the modern world, for training them to recognize questionable scientific claims, unfounded political assertions, the impact of intolerant or inaccurate world views, and for helping them place current events in a larger historical context. We vigorously promote the development of strong reading, writing, study, and critical thinking skills, and do so in small classes which promote strong professional relationships between our faculty and students. And, because we combine classroom learning with the opportunity for internships and off-campus educational experiences, and because virtually all of our full time faculty hold terminal degrees, we feel confident that ours is an academic environment in which students can prepare for whatever career they choose after graduation. The proof of that statement lies in the success of our graduates. Over the years they have become teachers, graduate students, lawyers, military officers, and leaders in business, and many have let us know that the broad education they completed at through the Department of History and Government at Cameron was critical to their success. They left the university more broadly informed about the human experience, and with enhanced analytical skills that have allowed them to confidently face professional, educational, and personal challenges throughout their lives.
We also see teaching, scholarship, and service as interrelated, and therefore strive collectively to demonstrate excellence across the entire spectrum of professional academic achievement. Our faculty have won teaching awards, published a wide array of books and articles, presented papers at countless conferences, sponsored workshops and seminars, conducted guest lectures and public presentations, and served in myriad administrative, special purpose, and governance capacities on campus, throughout Oklahoma, and across the nation.
We seek, above all else, to disseminate knowledge, to inspire research and service, and to serve our students with distinction.
If those are the attributes you seek in an academic department, or if you have questions about what we do or who we are, then we invite you to contact us at your convenience. We would be happy to discuss the prospect of your joining us!
Lance Janda, Ph.D.
Class Rotations, New Courses and Events
The Department of History and Government offers a wide range of classes. To view the class rotations for the respective degree programs in the department, you can download them by selecting from the list below.
|Spring 2013||Public Policy Forum VII: The Philosophy and Practice of Economic Policy in Oklahoma|
|Spring 2011||Phi Alpha Theta/Oklahoma Association of Professional Historians Annual Conference (February 18-19)|
|Public Policy Forum V: Alternative Energy|
|Fall 2010||2010 Constitution Day|
|Spring 2010||Public Policy Forum IV: Acting Regionally|
|Summer 2009||Heartlands at Home and Abroad Teacher Institute|