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His­to­ry and Polit­i­cal Science

Research ancient Roman Civilization or dive into big data with the history and political science department. Take advantage of OC’s unique discussion-based class structure and gain experience with academic research.

Professor Orndorff with students
  • 99% admission rate to law or graduate schools
  • 1st First place in the prestigious Gerald D. Nash Undergraduate Journal competition 2021
  • 22 consecutive Phi Alpha Theta Best Chapter awards
  • 1 Newman Civic Fellow 2018-19

Eagle Spotlight

Our judicial system and litigators fail certain communities in the United States. We hope to be part of the solution to these problems. At OC, we are forming a network of future attorneys who share the common goal of using our law degrees to solve social issues.

Turner Smith / Aurora, Illinois / History Pre-Law / Newman Civic Fellow 2018-19
Honors Student Turner Smith

Future Possibilities for History and Political Science Majors

Learn to think critically, write with clarity, interpret complex events, organize and assess evidence to prepare for a fulfilling career.

After earning an OC degree, some students choose to pursue higher learning at graduate school while others launch into their careers.

Grad Schools OC Alumni Call Home

Baylor University

Central European University (Budapest, Hungary)

Durham University (England)

Georgetown University

George Washington University

Harvard University

Pepperdine University

Purdue University

St. Andrew’s University (Scotland)

Texas A&M University

University of Chicago

University of Kent (England)

University of London

University of Oklahoma

Vanderbilt University

Careers of OC History/Polysci Alumni

Texas House of Representatives

University of Texas Department Chair for Social Studies

Education Commissioner

Director of Education University of London

Vanderbilt University, Edward L. Gaylord Chair

Associate Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University

Corporate Counsel

Deputy Policy Director for Oklahoma

High School Teacher

Public Policy and Government Relations Manager for Google

Political Scientist


Take class­es in legal and leg­isla­tive analy­sis, the pres­i­den­cy and con­gress, peri­od his­tor­i­cal class­es and var­i­ous research focused courses.

Degree Plans

Fac­ul­ty Spotlight

Cohost of everyone’s favorite podcast, The Politics Guys, Professor Orndorff’s latest research focuses on President Trump and social media. Orndorff wrote the book on the topic, The Social Media Presidency, highlighting the influence of new media on traditional media, politics and big data throughout the 2008 presidential race.

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