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Department of History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies

Welcome to the IU Northwest Department of History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies

Humans, in general, are social creatures and, therefore, political.  We must constantly make decisions that affect not only ourselves, but those around us as well. 

In order to keep peace and be productive, our decisions must be intelligent and well-informed. 

The study of history, philosophy, political science, and religion offers meaningful insight into:

  • how humans have gone about making decisions in the past
  • how they make decisions in the present
  • how they should make decisions in the future

All four areas of study will help students gain a better understanding of human thought and behavior and help them develop critical thinking skills that can be applied in a wide range of industries. 

Program Specifics


 A Bachelor of Arts in History degree program encourages students to explore the human condition by providing a foundation in the historical roots of cultures.


A Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree program acquaints students with the most important developments in the history of ideas, both philosophical and religious, so as to gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental questions that affect the human condition.

Political Science

A Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree program focuses on the study of governments, public policies, and political behavior using humanistic and scientific perspectives.

For More Information

Browse the links above and visit the individual program pages to learn about degree and course requirements, students clubs and activities, and more.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies at IU Northwest!

Office Hours

Monday & Thursday:
8:00 - 6:00 

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday:
8:00 - 5:00

Department Chair

Dr. Jonathyne Briggs
(219) 980-6658

Administrative Assistant

Debi Qualls
(219) 980-6655

Fax Number

(219) 980-6976

Mailing Address

IU Northwest
History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies Department
Hawthorn Hall, Room 206
3400 Broadway 
Gary, IN 46408 

Indiana University Northwest