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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

Our department offers a large variety of courses in both traditional and online settings in four different programs taught by award-winning faculty.

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 programs will help students gain a better understanding of human thought and behavior and develop critical thinking skills that can be applied in a wide range of industries and careers. A student who successfully completes one of our programs will not only be a more engaged citizen, but will also have a skillset applicable in numerous fields.

Program Specifics


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


A degree in the Philosophy program acquaints students with 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 degree in the Political Science 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, student 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
Arts & Sciences Building, Room 2023
3400 Broadway 
Gary, IN 46408