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The History, Philosophy and Political Science department introduces essential knowledge for all citizens and an understanding of the foundations of Western civilization. Real people, real lives and real issues come to life in understandable and relatable ways with important lessons from the past that prepare you for life now and in the future. In these fields of study, we ask some of the deepest questions, such as the meaning of life, and challenge beliefs, customs, traditional values and even authority that can be applied to everyday real-life circumstances. 

We strive to convey these subjects and their importance in interesting, scholarly, enlightened and thought-provoking ways. Our department prides itself on focusing on teaching by inspiring students not only to understand but appreciate and learn from the histories and philosophies of the past.  We also take great pride that the majority of our full-time faculty hold doctorate degrees and all are highly trained in their respective fields of study.

Why History, Philosophy or Political Science?

The famous Roman orator/statesman Cicero remarked that "History is the witness of the times, the torch of truth, the life of memory, the teacher of life."  In spite of these noble words, historians often have labored under the burden of justifying the study of the past. Humans are practical, more concerned with our present and future than with our past. Surely, the study of history provides us with unique opportunities for self-knowledge.

History teaches us what we have done and in doing so, it helps us define who we are. It enables us to connect our personal experiences with the collective memory of the groups to which we belong and to see ourselves as part of a particular region, nation and culture, each of which has a unique past.

In comparison, the goal of the study of philosophy at AACC is to introduce you to the fundamental concepts and issues of philosophy.  Our aim is to teach students to read critically, think logically, and reason effectively. Students will be instructed in skills for argumentation and analytical problem solving. They also will learn to express ideas clearly and develop a capacity for creative thought.

A core knowledge of philosophy can help to prepare students for careers in law, religious vocations, international relations, environmental sciences and other fields that require a broad understanding of divergent worldviews and the cultures with which they interact.

The study of political science at AACC offers a variety of courses introducing students to the study of politics in general and to the subfields within the discipline of political science. Students may choose to start with a basic course such as "Introduction to American Government" and then move on to more advanced courses such as "Comparative Politics" (PLS 131), "International Relations" (PLS 200) or "Political Behavior and Analysis" (PLS 151).


Areas of Study

The History, Philosophy and Political Science department is proud to offer an Associate of Arts (A.A.) in the following area. Department courses can also fulfill Arts and Humanities, and Social and Behavioral requirements.

For clarification about your specific degree requirements, contact an advisor.

Learn more about the History area of study.


Faculty and Staff

Department Chair

Phil Terry-Smith
410-777-2369
pbterrysmith@aacc.edu

Full-time Faculty

Frank Alduino, Ph.D., professor
History
410-777-2469
fwalduino@aacc.edu
CRSC 138

Lester Brooks, Ph.D., professor
History
410-777-2428
lsbrooks@aacc.edu
CRSC 138

Rita Victoria Gomez, Ph.D., professor
History
410-777-2474
rvgomez@aacc.edu
CRSC 117

Kevin Murphy, assistant professor
Philosophy
410-777-7244
khmurphy@aacc.edu
CRSC 113

Daniel Nataf, Ph.D., professor
Political Science
410-777-2733
dthepner@aacc.edu
CRSC 132

David Tengwall, Ph.D., professor
History
410-777-2434
dltengwall@aacc.edu
CRSC 144

Carolin Woolson, professor
Philosophy
410-777-7033
cwoolson@aacc.edu
CRSC 113

Office staff

Mary Greene, office manager
410-777-2649
megreene@aacc.edu
CRSC 131

Sue Yard, program assistant
410-777-2430
syard@aacc.edu
CRSC 131

Resources for Students

Legislative Intern

For nearly 20 years, AACC students have been participating in the Maryland General Assembly’s Legislative Internship Program. Each year during General Assembly session, 100 students are given the opportunity to serve as legislative interns. Upon acceptance into the program, students interview for placement with legislators, committees or caucuses of the Maryland General Assembly.

All enrolled AACC students are eligible to apply. Students should have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and proof of competency in college composition. Many of the interns are political science majors; however, students working for degrees in other areas who are interested in learning first-hand about the process of state government are encouraged to apply.

Learn more about the Legislative Intern program.

Center for the Study of Local Issues

The Center for the Study of Local Issues (CSLI) is part of the Sarbanes Center for Public and Community Service. The center’s primary activity is to conduct semiannual public interest surveys. If you enjoy learning about local and state issues such as the economy, education, growth, crime, the environment and more; meeting community leaders; asking questions and listening to other opinions, CSLI provides all of these experiences and more.

Learn more about the Center for the Study of Local Issues.

History Club

You’ll learn why historical topics can be so interesting, as well as how to pursue careers in history-related fields through field trips, film viewings and roundtable discussions.

Learn more about the History Club by visiting the Nest.

Questions?

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School of Liberal Arts
History, Philosophy and Political Science

Phil Terry-Smith, interim chair

410-777-2369

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