Political Science

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Advisor: Professor Sonny Branham

Program Overview

A political science major at ORU helps prepare students for careers in several fields by emphasizing breadth of knowledge about national and world affairs, especially analyzing them in the light of Judeo-Christian values and principles, analytical reading and advanced writing skills, and ability to use a variety of research skills. When combined with an appropriate graduate degree (J.D., Ph.D., M.P.A., etc.), study of political science is an excellent preparation for law, business, journalism, Christian ministries and missions, and other fields. Since political decision-making touches all aspects of life, its study opens new perspectives for all Christian citizens and professionals. This degree can be completed in three years by following the degree-in-three plan sheet. This major is also available through ORU Online Learning online.

Degree Requirements

General Education: 56 hours

Major Courses: Required Major Courses

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Western Political Theory
  • Christian Faith and Government: Theory
  • Political Science Research Methods
  • Internship
  • Senior Paper
  • Major electives in:  American Political Institutions, Public Administration and Policy, and Politics (18 hours)

Minor or Electives Total: 18 hours

Electives: 7 hours
Degree Total: 120 hours (minimum)

Degree Plan

Career Options

  • Paralegal
  • Civil service professional at the local, state, national or international levels
  • Arbitrator
  • Politician or political consultant
  • Private sector professionals in public affairs departments of corporations and businesses
  • Public administrator
  • University lecturer
  • Intelligence Analyst

 Internship Opportunities
  • Congressional Offices in Tulsa and Washington D.C.
  • Tulsa Law Firms
  • Alliance Defending Freedom
  • State Legislative Offices in Oklahoma City
  • Americorps.gov
  • Department of State
  • International Christian Concerns (ICC)
  • Political Campaigns

Department of History, Humanities and Government

Phone: 918.495.6063