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Department of History and Political Science

Exploring the human experience.

Whether you plan to discover or change the world, the Department of History and Political Science can prepare you to realize your goals.

The Department of History and Political Science gives students a solid grounding in the academic study of history, politics, government, law and global relations. The Department is committed to promoting students’ understanding of the richness and diversity of human experience in its historical and global contexts. By equipping students with critical thinking, writing, and communication skills, all fields of study prepare students for graduate training, careers and lifelong learning in our diverse world.

Caleb Bell '04

Conversations with Alumni: J. Caleb Bell

Economics & Political Science '04

Watch the full conversation via Otterbein TV

Caleb Bell is a partner in Bricker & Eckler's Public Finance Practice Group with a statewide practice that emphasizes public finance and economic development matters. He has served as bond counsel in a wide variety of transactions. His clients include Ohio municipalities, counties, townships, school districts, and public universities, as well as private developers and property owners. Caleb is well known for his representation of special purpose financing entities such as port authorities, new community authorities, and special improvement districts

Majors and Minors

The Department of History and Political Science offers majors and minors in History, Political Science, a major in Global Studies and a minor in Legal Studies/Pre-Law. Read more.


The Department currently has five full-time historians and three full-time political scientists. As teacher-scholars, we value undergraduate education in a liberal arts context and are actively engaged in scholarship in our fields. For the faculty’s research and teaching interests, see the Faculty profiles page.

Faculty members also contribute to the University’s interdisciplinary programs, including Integrative Studies and the Senior Year Experience, as well as the Honors, and Women’s Studies programs.

Internships and Experiential Learning Opportunities

The Department values and encourages interaction with students outside of the classroom. These opportunities enrich your education, and encourage your growth as a whole person. Read more.

/ Department of History and Political Science

La Trice Washington
p/ 614.823.1019
e/ LWashington@otterbein.edu


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