History, Political Science, and Humanities

The History, Political Science, and Humanities Department’s primary mission is to help students develop the habits of thinking Christianly about all of life, particularly in the areas of government, history, the classics and classical languages, humanities, law, political science, and international studies. Students completing our programs are prepared to pursue careers in a wide variety of fields including teaching, research, public service, and international work and further training in law school and graduate school. 

Department of History, Political Science, and Humanities offers the following programs, divided into on-campus undergraduate and fully online: 

Undergraduate Programs: 

 Online Programs: 

History, Political Science, and Humanities professors are followers of Jesus Christ who have been trained at the world’s best programs and who desire to engage students intellectually, spiritually, and biblically in life’s most important questions.  Faculty believe that we must never take our thought lives casually, but we must “take every thought captive to obey Christ” as we continuously learn to “love God with all of our mind” (2 Corinthians 10:5; Luke 10:27).  As a result, our faculty focus on the central activities of excellent classroom teaching, personal mentoring of students, and careful scholarship in the fields of government, history, the classics and classical languages, humanities, law, political science, and international studies.   

Ana Shippey Alves

Ana Alves Shippey, PhD

Associate Professor of Political Science
History, Political Science, & Humanities | Location: HUM 305F
Phone: (423) 614-8057
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Robert Barnett

Robert Barnett, PhD

Distinguished Professor of History
Specialty: Russian History, American History
History and Political Science | Location: HUM 307D
Phone: (423) 614-8349
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Andrew Bledsoe

Andrew Bledsoe, PhD

Associate Professor of History
Specialty: U.S. Civil War History
History, Political Science, and Humanities | Location: HUM 307B
Phone: (423) 614-8237
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John Coats

John Coats, PhD

Professor of History
Specialty: U.S. Foreign Policy
History and Political Science | Location: HUM 307G
Phone: (423) 614-8350
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Bethany Eledge

Bethany Eledge

Secretary to the Department of History and Political Science
History and Political Science | Location: HUM 301
Phone: (423) 614-8137
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Dan Hoffman

Dan Hoffman, PhD

Senior Adjunct Instructor of History
History and Political Science | Location: HUM 301A
Phone: (423) 614-8355
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Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson, PhD

Professor of Humanities
Specialty: Classics, Greco-Roman Civilization
History and Political Science | Location: HUM 307E
Phone: (423) 614-8127
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Mary McCampbell

Mary McCampbell, PhD

Associate Professor of Humanities
Specialty: Contemporary Literature and Post-Modern Culture
History and Political Science | Location: HUM 307F
Phone: (423) 614-8353
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Thomas Pope

Thomas Pope, PhD

Professor of Political Science
Specialty: Political Theory and U.S. Constitutional Law
History, Political Science, and Humanities | Location: HUM 305C
Phone: (423) 614-8133
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Mark Scully

Mark Scully, PhD

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Specialty: Public Administration and American Politics
History, Political Science, and Humanities | Location: HUM 305G
Phone: (423) 614-8354
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Jason Ward

Jason Ward, PhD

Associate Professor of History
Specialty: Latin American History
History and Political Science | Location: HUM 307C
Phone: (423) 614-8367
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Jared Wielfaert

Jared Wielfaert, PhD

Associate Professor of Humanities
Specialty: Medieval Civilization
History and Political Science | Location: HUM 307A
Phone: (423) 614-8113
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Randy Wood

Randy Wood, PhD

Chair
Professor of Humanities
Specialty: British and European History
Department of History, Political Science and Humanities | Location: HUM 301C
Phone: (423) 614-8137
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Look Inside

Take a quick tour of the Humanities Center, home to the students and faculty in the Department of History, Political Science, and Humanities.
Pre-Law

Pre-Law

While there is no specific undergraduate degree program required for entrance into law school, Lee has numerous students who are preparing to pursue a legal education. As such, we have a minor that includes coursework designed with this preparation in mind. One can minor in Pre-Law with majors from many of Lee University’s departments, but the advisor for those with this minor is a faculty member in the Department of History, Political Science and Humanities. If you are considering entering law school after your college graduation, click here to learn more about this program.
History, Political Science, and Humanities

Emily Hana-Grace Harris

Emily Hana-Grace Harris is a junior political science major from Cleveland, Tennessee. She grew up around Lee’s campus and, according to her, always knew it was her dream to attend. At Lee, Emily has been part of Pi Sigma Alpha as the media director and vice president, Lee University’s Tennessee Intercollegiate Legislature Delegation, a student worker, and head of the Political Science and Public Administration Study Group. “It’s so hard to name one best part of my time at Lee, but I think if I had to choose, I would say the community I have found,” said Emily. “Lee is full of faculty, staff, and students who love God and love others well. Without the community here I’m sure I wouldn’t be the person I am today, and I am very thankful for that.” After graduation, Emily plans to pursue a PhD in Political Science and to eventually become a professor of political science.