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History & Political Science


The Department of History comprises areas of study in various fields of history, pre-law, political science, and geography. Courses are designed to meet the questions of the past and the problems of the contemporary world in areas of American, Latin American, European, African, and Christian church history. Political science courses are built around the various structures and concepts of politics, government, diplomacy, and international relations. Three survey courses are offered in geography.

Purpose and Goals of the Department of History and Political Science
hist-booksIt is the purpose of the Department of History & Political Science to prepare students to use the disciplines of history, political science, pre-law, and international studies as analytical tools to understand the dynamics of today’s ever-changing and complex society. Courses in American history, Latin America, Europe, Africa, political science, and church history, along with student-teacher interaction, will provide ethical values and a knowledge base that will meet the department’s purpose. The course offerings provide graduates with the skills needed to be competitive in graduate school, law school, and research. The knowledge gleaned from the courses taught in the department will promote a sound academic background and both spiritual and moral values. In addition, the student will learn to appreciate the diversity of a growing multicultural global society.

Majors & Minors Offered

History (B.A.)

International Studies (B.A.)
Political Science (B.A.)
Pre-Law (B.A.)
Social Science Education (B.S.)
Black World Studies
Political Science

What can you do with this degree?
hist-gavelThe list of careers available to students that major in the fields of history, international studies, political science, and pre-law is almost endless. However, a brief list of job opportunities associated with these academic fields of study are: advertising executive, analyst, archivist, broadcaster, consultant, lawyer, teacher, editor, congressional aide, foreign service officer, foundation staffer, information specialist, intelligence agent, journalist, lobbyist, public relations staffer, researcher, diplomat, politician, librarian, and paralegal.

Student Organizations

 Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International 
(Pre-Law Society)
Oakwood University Historical Society

Application for Admission
To be admitted as a major in the Department of History and Political Science, students must have completed 30 hours of course work, including EN 112 Freshman Composition and at least two courses in the Department. Applicants must also have an overall minimum GPA of 2.00 and a minimum GPA of 2.25 in the history courses. Applicants to the Pre-Law major must have a GPA of 3.00. 

Exit Examinations
Candidates for the B.A. degree must pass a departmental essay exit examination in their senior year with a minimum grade of C+, or take one of the national standardized tests (e.g., the GRE, LSAT).
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