Minoring in Political Science at University of the Ozarks will provide students with an opportunity to develop an in depth understanding of the institutions, practices and concepts that shape the world around them. Whether they are interested in American politics, International Relations, or the foundations of US law, Political Science students at U of O will work closely with dedicated faculty in a friendly but challenging environment where than will cultivate an ability to critically engage with important political questions and problems. The program is focused on providing students with practical experience and insights into politics, and has a range of opportunities for students that include Moot Court and Model UN programs, and support for students to pursue internships in government at the local, state, and national level.
A minor in Political Science is excellent preparation for law school or graduate school in public policy or political science.
A Political Science minor will help prepare students for careers in business, media and government.
Internship opportunities associated with this program provide students with experience that will help working on political campaigns or in political organizations.
- PLS 2013: American National GovernmentA survey of major facets of the U.S. political system, including its national institutions, federalism, public opinion, parties and interest groups, campaigns and elections, political culture, civil liberties and rights, and public policy issues. This course addresses perennial issues of political science, including questions of authority, power, and justice, through an examination of American institutions and contemporary issues.
- PLS 2033: International RelationsAn introduction to the nation state international political system. including major topics like war, international economy and organizations, and human rights. The course will leverage the analytic framework of the prominent international relations theories, as well as the three levels of analysis, to examine the formation and implementation of foreign policies.
- PLS 4103: Administrative Law and ProcessThe course begins with an examination of the origins, purpose, and scope of administrative law. Topically, the course focuses on the constitutional and legislative authority of governmental agencies, judicial review of administrative law, agents and processes of rule-making, and the procedures of administrative hearings