Department of History & Political Science

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Overview

Oklahoma Christian History and Political Science majors join in the fiery discussions of today's politics and gain the historical context to understand how we arrived where we are today. Our students receive the training needed to pursue a more advanced study of history and politics and learn to apply practical knowledge to everyday life. These learning experiences prepare OC graduates for law school, government service, education, business, and politics.

For nearly two decades, placement of OC graduates into law school and graduate school has been almost 100%! The only student unable to attend law school has recently been accepted to study at the London School of Economics.

Students enjoy participation in two department clubs: the Alpha Delta Rho chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, and the Tau Sigma chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. Both clubs provide our students with opportunities to participate in state and national conventions.

OC’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta has been named the nation’s “Best Chapter” in its category for 22 consecutive years. The chapter’s Journal of Historical Studies placed third for universities without graduate programs in History in the Nash Journal Award competition in 2011 and 2012, was named the Best Undergraduate Electronic Journal in the nation in 2013 and the Best Undergraduate Journal in 2015.  In 2017, volume 25 placed second in the Nash Journal Award and received Honorable Mention in the Electronic Journal category.  OC’s team, comprised mostly of political science majors, won Outstanding Delegation at the Southwest Regional Model Arab League competition for six years in a row, 2012-2107.

Interesting Classes I Might Take

  • Turning Points in U.S. History
  • US to 1877
  • Perspectives in Western Civilization
  • Revolutionary and Early National America
  • America-Era of the World Wars
  • Medieval Europe 400-1300
  • American Indian History
  • Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • Theories and Ethics in International Relations
  • World Regional Geography
  • All Courses

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Mission Statement

The History and Political Science Department is composed of disciplines which study human behavior in all of its complexity. We approach our studies as Christian scholars who recognize that humans have been created in God's image as creative, rational, and spiritual beings. Therefore, as we integrate faith and learning, we seek:

  1. to assist students in the development of the knowledge base, analytic skills and interpretative skills necessary for careers in academic history, public history, social studies education, law, or public service.
  2. to assist students in the acquisition of vibrant Christian faith, which can withstand with confidence the challenges of secularized contemporary western society and form the basis for lives of service.
  3. to assist students in the development of a global perspective, which is tolerant of other cultures, races, and ideas.
  4. to pursue the above goals not only with majors within the department, but also with non-majors in the significant segment of the liberal arts core curriculum taught by the department: Turning Points in U.S. History, Introduction to American Government, Perspectives in Western Civilization, The Modern Middle East, and World Regional Geography

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Any questions about this department? Contact Dr. John Maple.