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.
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).
The History, Philosophy and Political Science department offers courses that can also fulfill Arts and Humanities, and Social and Behavioral requirements. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history, philosophy or political science should talk to their advisor about the Transfer Studies (A.A.) or Liberal Arts - Arts and Sciences Transfer (A.A.) degrees.
For clarification about your specific degree requirements, contact an advisor.
Frank Alduino, Ph.D., professor
Lester Brooks, Ph.D., professor
Rita Victoria Gomez, Ph.D., professor
Kevin Murphy, assistant professor
Daniel Nataf, Ph.D., professor
David Tengwall, Ph.D., professor
Carolin Woolson, professor