Social Sciences

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Division of Social Sciences

Our division is the home for IWU's degrees in Economics, History, and Political Science. Each of these programs also offers a minor.

In addition, the Division offers degrees in International RelationsPolitical Science Pre-LawSocial Studies and Social Studies Education, and, in coordination with other IWU disciplines, oversees a minor in Latin American and Iberian Studies.

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Distinguished Faculty

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Tom Lehman


Dr. Tom Lehman is a professor of economics at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, where he teaches Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Urban Economics and Policy, Public Finance, International Economics, Statistics and Research Methods, Intermediate Macroeconomics, and American Economic History.

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Discover your God-given potential and begin impacting the world in Jesus' name with a degree from IWU in Social Sciences!

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Organizations and Opportunities

The History Club is a student-led organization dedicated to the promotion of the study and interest of history through activities that cultivate a further passion for history and its significance to our understanding of humanity and its relationship to God. Membership is open to all students, faculty and staff.

The Model United Nations Club provides members the opportunity to learn to integrate faith in the involvement of international affairs, to generate awareness of and foster active participation in issues of international affairs, and to compete in Model UN events.

General delegates can be IWU students who are interested in participating in the club through attending meetings. Official delegates must desire to become senior delegates and have expressed interest in attending a conference.

Official delegates must undergo an interview process in order to become senior delegates.

Phi Alpha Theta promotes excellence in research, teaching and publication in history. To these ends, it invites to membership such persons as exhibit commendable personal qualities and sound scholarship. Membership is open to IWU students who have completed 12 credit hours of history, have an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater and a History GPA of 3.1 or greater, and are in good standing with the University in all citizenship areas.

Pi Gamma Mu is the oldest and preeminent honor society in the social sciences. Their mission is to encourage and recognize superior scholarship in social science disciplines and to foster cooperation and social service among its members.

Pi Gamma Mu serves the various social science disciplines, which seek to understand and explain human behavior and social relationships as well as their related problems and issues.

The following professional organizations are associated with our majors. Division faculty members belong to several of these associations:


The APSA, founded in 1903, is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions and occupational endeavors within and outside academe in order to expand awareness and understanding of politics.


A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation's premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programs.


The NAS is an independent membership association of academics working to foster intellectual freedom and to sustain the tradition of reasoned scholarship and civil debate in America's colleges and universities. The NAS stands for intellectual integrity in the curriculum, in the classroom and across the campus, upholding the principle of individual merit and opposing racial, gender and other group preferences.

What Makes IWU Unique?

"Becoming a world changer" involves learning about God's world. The Social Sciences division is uniquely positioned to accomplish that task. Our faculty members are ready to prepare the next generation of leaders for public service and professional development.

Division programs are maintained on the basis of cutting-edge scholarship and emerging employment markets. Fully engaged in our disciplines, we seek to partner with students while exploring what it means to be Kingdom citizens.

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