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Philosophy, History, Law, and Society

The Department of History, Philosophy, Law, and Society at HBU is designed to develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of history, culture, government, and ability to reason effectively in a global economy and political landscape.

Degrees Offered:

  • Philosophy

    The meaning of the word “philosophy” is literally “love of wisdom.” That fact is of central importance to HBU’s philosophy department. We aim to make you an ardent lover and pursuer of wisdom by putting you in direct conversation with the greatest philosophic thinkers in history.

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  • History

    As a core discipline within the liberal arts, the study of humanity’s heritage provides a classic mode of useful learning venues for developing well-trained minds. By examining primary evidence, formulating analytical interpretations, devising rigorous arguments, and anticipating possible rebuttals, our students learn firsthand the “historian’s craft” of reading widely, thinking deeply, reasoning persuasively and communicating clearly.

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  • Political Science

    Our Political Science major is designed to help you understand the big ideas that shaped our nation, the importance of our founding documents, and the way our political system works. The study of Political Science is more than just current events and politics. It’s about formulating a worldview, wanting to be an advocate for change and having the skills to make it happen.

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  • Legal Studies

    The Legal Studies degree was designed by real attorneys to provide you with the right mix of classes to give you an edge in your legal education. The program is interdisciplinary, meaning it draws from several related areas of study. Our Legal Studies degree is designed to expose you to various facets of the law so you can develop a more informed decision about your career options, the different fields of practice, and graduate with the skills to help you get there.

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  • Medical Humanities

    Our Medical Humanities degree is designed to explore medicine, medical care and the health-related professions from a number of perspectives. This is an interdisciplinary academic course of study that guides students through a wide range of learning experiences to better prepare them for vocations in the rapidly expanding healthcare environment.

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  • Criminal Justice

    The Criminal Justice degree is designed to develop basic comprehension of crime, law enforcement, adjudication and corrections in our society. These skills are valuable in a variety of career fields that span the field of criminal justice jobs, from police officers to judges, prosecutors to defense attorneys, probation and parole officers, investigators, and researchers in both the public and private sector.

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  • Family Studies

    Family studies will help to prepare you with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the changing dynamics of family life in America today. Courses in this program will help you gain the most current knowledge of demographic trends, theoretical explanations and statistical data about the past, present and future of family life.

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  • Interdisciplinary Studies

    The interdisciplinary studies degree is suited for students whose academic or personal goals require that they take courses from a number of different disciplines across the university and who are best served by not majoring in any particular field. HBU’s program offers a wide range of flexibility to choose courses drawing from different disciplines of study.

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  • Sociology (Minor)

    Sociology is the study of our human world. Courses in this program will better prepare you to understand how the world we live in works. The social world is a dynamic experience filled with expectations, interactions and rules. It is constantly changing, yet there is so much of our life together that remains consistent through time. When you study sociology, it will help you to make more accurate predictions about how people act when in a variety of social situations.

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Where to go from here:

Developing these essential skills and worldviews while you are enrolled at HBU will prepare you to transition smoothly into a variety of career options in education, law, public service, government agencies, social work, law enforcement, public policy, foreign service, journalism, archival work, library science, academia, or the corporate world.

Studying in these fields can prepare you for careers in:

  • Advertising
  • Public Service
  • Healthcare Law
  • Demography
  • Education
  • Family Services
  • Foreign Service
  • Government (leadership, legislation, campaigns, etc.)
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Intelligence Field
  • Law Enforcement
  • Law School
  • Lobbyist
  • Mission Work
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Public Relations
  • Patient Care
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Public Health
  • Research Analyst
  • Sales
  • Social Work
  • Urban Planning