The mission of Otterbein's Political Science Program is to foster
scholarship, leadership, civic engagement, and responsible citizenship.
The major demonstrates the connections between political and social
institutions and fosters the analysis of the forces within political
systems, including law, policy, race, class, gender, and the economy. It
is committed to building a community of scholars through the critical
assessment and self-reflection of the methods, approaches, and
perspectives of political analysis and engagement. The program is
committed to excellence in teaching, research, and mentoring to ensure
that students develop analytical and methodological skills that will
lead them to assess contemporary political events and to promote ethical
The Department of History and Political Science offers both a major (BA) and a minor in Political Science. The Political Science curriculum offers courses that focus on the analysis of the executives, legislative processes, judicial processes, the media, public law, international relations/Global Studies, comparative studies, and political theory.
Major in Political Science
The Political Science Major (BA) is
organized around four foundations/core courses and three areas of
concentration: American Law and Politics, Global Politics, and Political
Theory. Political Science majors are required to complete all four
foundations courses, and by the junior year, students should choose and
complete the requirements for one of the areas of concentration. See the
Otterbein University Catalog for the complete Political Science BA Requirements.
Minor in Political Science
The Political Science Minor requires the completion of five courses. See the Otterbein University Catalog for the complete Political Science Minor Requirements.
Career Opportunities and Future Paths
The liberal arts foundation of a political science degree
offers skills that can be valuable in many career fields, including
government service, public administration, law, journalism, business
administration, and research.
Upon graduation, students will be prepared to pursue several
professional employment and post-graduate opportunities.
- Governmental Service. Students will be prepared to
pursue several professional employment in government service and public
administration at the federal, state, and local levels.
- Non-Government Service. Graduates are qualified for employment in non-governmental organizations that serve social and/or legal services.
- Graduate School & Law School. Students are
prepared for graduate work in political science, international relations
and the foreign service, and public administration. Graduates also may
pursue law school.
- Education & Teaching. When undertaken in conjunction with the Integrated Social Studies Licensure Program in the Education Department, graduates are qualified to teach civics-politics and/or social studies in the secondary schools.
Otterbein’s political science faculty have a wide range of expertise and interests. Our areas of research and teaching span the globe to include Africa, America, Asia, and Europe and stretch across time from pre-modern to modern history. Professors’ individual areas of interest are diverse. Members of the history faculty have published on such topics as:
- American National Institutions
- State and Local Government
- Legislative Process
- American Law and Politics
- Global Studies
- Public Administration
- Public Policy
- Political Theory