History and political science graduates regularly earn a 100% placement rate into graduate school and law school. Students enjoy participation in two department clubs—the Delta Rho chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, a political science honor society including Model Arab League competition, and Pi Alpha Theta, a history honor society including national convention attendance opportunities.
OC’s chapter of the National History Honor Society has been named the nation’s “Best Chapter” in its category for 17 straight years. The chapter’s Journal of Historical Studies has placed third in the Nash Journal Award competition for the last two years.
Courses Being Offered Spring 2013
- Exploring America
- Introduction to Historical Research
- US since 1877
- Modern Middle East
- 19th Century Europe
- Western Civilization
- Jacksonian America
- The Gilded Age and Progressive Era
- US History since 1945
- Introduction to American Politics
- Introduction to Global Politics
- Research Skills in Political Science
- Legal and Legislative Analysis
- International Political Economy
- All Courses
B.A. Degree in History
B.A. Degree in History/Pre-Law
B.S. Degree in History/Pre-Law
B.S. Degree in Political Science
B.S.E. Degree in Social Studies
Values of History and Political Science
The History and Political Science Department is composed of disciplines which study human behavior in all of its complexity. If you are intrigued by politics, the history of civilizations, or law, then you will find a home here in the History and Political Science department.
One goal of our department is to help you to use your knowledge and skills in a spirit of service to others. We approach our studies as Christian scholars who recognize that humans have been created in God's image as creative, rational, and spiritual beings. We seek to encourage this by developing your analytic and interpretive skills necessary for careers as historians, social studies educators, or in law and public service. We also strive to assist in the acquisition of vibrant, Christian faith, self-confidence and tolerance of other cultures, races, and ideas. With our support and encouragement, we are confident that you will be equipped to make important contributions to churches, communities, and professions.
We encourage you to contact us and seek out more information. We enjoy working with students and look forward to speaking with you or answering further questions. Please check out the links at the top of the page for more information about specific programs or contact Dr. John Maple, History and Political Science Department Chair.
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