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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?

Otterbein’s history faculty have a wide range of expertise and interests and our history major encourages students to explore the interacting histories of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Our scholarship informs our teaching and we pride ourselves on helping students acquire a deep and broad knowledge of the past. We emphasize teaching students the thinking, writing, and oral communication skills necessary for both analyzing history and preparing for the careers students will pursue after graduation.

Our proximity to Columbus and the relationships our faculty have built give our students access to internships with local and state history organizations; local, county, and state government; downtown law firms; and non-profit organizations.

Graduates of the program have gone on to graduate school and law school, and have established careers in:

  • The law
  • Private sector business
  • Government service at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Political consulting
  • Library and archive specialists
  • Public history and museum work

Why Study Political Science at Otterbein University?

Our Political Science program is designed to deepen knowledge and understanding of politics and government in the United States and around the world. Political Science focuses on the theory and practice of government with an emphasis on the distribution of political power, influence, and resources.

Our proximity to Columbus and the relationships our faculty have built give our students access to internships with local, county, and state government; downtown law firms; and non-profit organizations. Political Science also helps students develop the research, public speaking, writing, and critical thinking skills that are tremendously valuable in the marketplace.

Graduates of the program have gone on to graduate school and law school, and are employed as:

  • Policy analysts
  • Staff for members of Congress in Washington, D.C. and for legislators in state government
  • Public relations specialists
  • Foreign affairs officers at the U.S. Department of State
  • Political consultants
  • Attorneys
  • Lobbyists
  • Paralegals

Why Study Global Studies at Otterbein University?

The Global Studies major blends history, political science, economics, sociology, business, and the study of foreign language and culture. The major introduces students to the 21st century world and encourages them to become global thinkers. Courses focus on the transnational interaction of people, cultures, economies, and polities; the process of globalization; and technological and environmental change.

Our proximity to Columbus and the relationships our faculty have built give our students access to internships with local, county, and state government; downtown law firms; and non-profit organizations that work in the city’s diverse communities.

Graduates of the program have gone on to graduate school and law school, and are employed in:

  • International business
  • U.S. government service
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • International development and humanitarian organizations
  • Staff for members of Congress in Washington, D.C. and for legislators in state government
  • Human resources
  • Management consulting
  • International relations

Travel with us to Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, or the Badlands and the Rosebud Reservation as part of the travel courses we offer or for independent research.