Political Science

Are you interested in American politics, international affairs, or the law? From Plato to public policy, in the political science department we delve into the critical issues of today–like presidential power, terrorism, human rights–as well as the timeless political questions of law, freedom, and justice.

What is political science?

Political science is the study of the collaborative pursuit for human happiness in a good and orderly community. We analyze governments, public policies, and political action. Our objective is to help students to become knowledgeable citizens. We pursue this objective by devoting our time to careful reading, thoughtful discourse, and frequent writing. We hope to leave our graduates prepared to live fulfilling lives, to pursue promising careers, and to model integrity and virtue as citizens.

What can I do with a political science degree?

Political Science students are well qualified to pursue careers in law, journalism, public service, domestic and international organizations, research, communications and public relations, education, domestic and international non-governmental organizations, business, academia, and many other areas of the public and private sectors. By honing analytic and communication skills, political science prepares students to understand and thrive in almost every field of work.


President Dunsworth named to APCU board

University of the Ozarks President Richard Dunsworth, J.D., has been elected to the board of directors for the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU).

University awards 87 degrees to Class of 2017

University of the Ozarks awarded 87 bachelor’s degrees to graduating seniors during its 183rd Commencement ceremony, held May 13, on the campus mall.

Rotaract mission trip embodies University values

One of the core values of University of the Ozarks is “the service of all of creation,” and that driving principle was on full display during a recent mission trip to El Salvador by the student organization Rotaract.

“Thus it follows that the end of politics is the human good. … The attainment of the good for one individual is, to be sure, a source of satisfaction; yet to secure it for a nation and for states is nobler and more divine. ”

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics