Major History/ Minor Political Science

The Major History Minor Political Science Program intends to prepare an intellectual cadre who are equipped with practical skills and a knowledge base in the discipline of history; prepare students for graduate education in history and the social sciences; prepare students to work in the education field in either the public and private sectors, civil society institutions, or research institutions within Palestine or internationally.

The program seeks to strengthen Palestinian national identity, specifically, and Arab national identity, generally, while  fostering a sense of democratic agency built on a foundation of mutual respect and a deep sense of humanity that prevails over all else. In addition to all of this, the program strives to help the students further develop their cultural awareness and sense of themselves as critical thinkers.

  • The program intends to prepare an intellectual cadre with specialize skills in teaching and research of high standards.
  • The program contributes to building and further developing a Palestinian academic intellectual core in society.
  • The program strengthens historical awareness and the importance of history in Palestinian identity. 
  • Knowledge of historical periods in ancient, middle and modern eras.
  • Knowledge of historical eras and periods in the Islamic world.
  • Knowledge of historic eras and phases in Palestinian history.
  • Acquiring writing skills in the discipline of history.
  • Deriving historical problematics and hypotheses with knowledge of the historical arguments in the field.
  • Critical reading of historical narratives.
  • Understanding historical eras in the world and analyzing the relationship between these eras.
  • Drawing a historical map of the Arab and Muslim world.
  • Understanding the relationship between Arab and Islamic history and world history.
  • Forming a vision for the importance of studying history, connecting it with an understanding of civilization and using these skills and knowledge for the planning of the future.
  • Developing an understanding of methodology and historical analysis.
  • Assisting in strengthening historical writing based on new methodologies.
  • Teachers in primary and secondary schools.
  • Researchers in research institutions.
  • Employment in state ministries, government agencies, or various other institutions.
Academic Plan

120 Credit Hours as the following:


Credit Hours

University requirements


Faculty of Arts requirements


Major compulsory requirements


Major elective requirements


Free electives




    1.  A grade not less than 70% in the following course: HIST231
    2. Department’s approval based on intake capacity.