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

Department of History & Political Science

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.

Why Study History at Otterbein University?

Faculty Expertise
Otterbein’s history 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 and expertise are diverse. Members of the history faculty have published on such topics as:

  • Early modern Dutch business history.
  • Gender and African intercontinental empires.
  • 20th century Viennese psychoanalysis.
  • Labor conflict in the American West.

In our scholarship and in our teaching, we will show you what it means to consider issues through a variety of historical approaches including intellectual, economic, political, and social history perspectives.

Why Study Political Science at Otterbein University?

Why Study Political Science? The Political Science Major/Minor is designed to deepen knowledge and understanding of politics and the government in the United States and abroad. Political Science as a discipline is beneficial to the knowledge and understanding citizens have about government and how they function.

Studying Political Science from Otterbein prepares students for various employment opportunities after graduation; the Major/Minor helps students develop theoretical, analytical and practical skills such as the ability to conduct research, public speaking skills, and written communication skills that are tremendously valuable in the marketplace.

Graduates of the program are employed as:

  • Policy Analysts
  • Legislative Assistants (D.C and Ohio)
  • Public Relations Specialist,
  • Foreign Affairs Bureaucrats at the U. S. Department of State
  • Political Consultants
  • Attorneys
  • Partners in Law Firms
  • Lobbyists
  • Paralegals
  • graduate students and law school students.

A Political Science Major/Minor will also have the knowledge and skills necessary to be gainfully employed as Social Media Managers, Marketing Research Analysts, Legislative Directors.

Why Study Global Studies at Otterbein University?

The Global Politics Major is interdisciplinary and blends the fields of history, political science and economics. The curriculum places emphasis on political globalization, global poverty, human rights, the environment, economics, security, ethics, global ethics, the political environment and foreign policy. Studying global politics affords student the opportunity to deepen the knowledge of political patterns/trends and economics patterns/trends observable in the world.

Students will have theoretical and practical knowledge to pursue employment opportunities or careers as:

  • Civil service worker
  • Humanitarian relief worker
  • Human Resources for a global company
  • Congressional Aide
  • Consular/embassy assistant
  • Management consultant
  • International development consultant
  • International relations specialist
  • Intelligence Officer