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.


New Constitution Day Essay Contest sponsored by Political Science Department

In honor of the annual anniversary to celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution, the political science faculty at University of the Ozarks are sponsoring a new Constitution Day Essay Contest for Ozarks students.

Visit with Central American dignitary leads to published paper for Navarrete

A meeting with the former vice president of Nicaragua has turned into a monumental opportunity for one aspiring economist and politician from Central America.

Professor Scully named to "40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire" list

University of the Ozarks Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Mark Scully has been named to the 2015 edition of "40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire," which is presented by the higher education website NerdScholar.

“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