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Department of Political Science

What is political science?

Political science is the study of government and the governing process. It teaches how to analyze and respond to the dynamic events and players in the broader political landscape.

Why study political science at Ouachita?

The political science major at Ouachita:

  • is only 27 hours, enabling most students to add a second major (e.g., history, communication, business, or virtually any other major).
  • presents a breadth of knowledge, allowing students to sample courses in American politics and public law, international and comparative politics, and political theory.
  • hones students’ writing and public speaking skills and challenges them to think critically about ideas and issues that impact them and the world around them.
  • provides enrichment and experiential learning through its Model United Nations Simulation and Washington Seminar courses.
  • prepares students for exciting and rewarding careers in law, government service, international organizations, interest groups, journalism, and business.


What career paths have Ouachita political science graduates taken?

Ouachita’s political science alumni have achieved success as:

  • attorneys in various types of law firms in the region as well as Washington, D.C.
  • elected and appointed officials in the state's legislative, judicial, and executive branches.
  • administrators in state and federal government agencies.
  • campaign managers for state and national candidates.
  • communication specialists and policy analysts in government offices.
  • business professionals in the private sector.
  • advocates and specialists in non-profit organizations.


Degree Requirements

Requirements for a major (B.A.) in political science:  SSCI 4601; PSCI 1123; 2023; 2043; 3053 or 3063; and additional courses in the department to total at least 27 hours. A 2.000 GPA in these courses is required for graduation. Students planning graduate study are strongly encouraged to obtain additional training in international languages, research methods, and statistics.

Requirements for a minor in political science: PSCI 2023; 1123 or 2043; 3053 or 3063; and additional courses in the department to total at least 18 hours.

Additional information:



Douglas L. Reed
Chair of the Political Science Department
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
University Pre-Law Advisor

(870) 245-5167 or (870) 245-5199



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