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Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration

About

The Otterbein University’s Political Science program demonstrates the connections between political and social institutions and fosters the analysis of the forces within political systems, including law, policy, race, class, gender, and the economy. It is committed to building a community of scholars through the critical assessment and self-reflection of the methods, approaches, and perspectives of political analysis and engagement. 

The program is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and mentoring to ensure that students develop analytical and methodological skills that will lead them to assess contemporary political events and to promote ethical problem-solving strategies.

The Department of History and Political Science offers both a major (BA) and a minor in Political Science.  The Political Science curriculum offers courses that focus on the analysis of the executives, legislative processes, judicial processes, the media, public law, international relations/Global Studies, comparative studies, and political theory.

Career Opportunities and Future Paths

The liberal arts foundation of a political science degree offers skills that can be valuable in many career fields, including government service, public administration, law, journalism, business administration, and research. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to pursue several professional employment and post-graduate opportunities.

  • Governmental Service. Students will be prepared to pursue several professional employment in government service and public administration at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Non-Government Service. Graduates are qualified for employment in non-governmental organizations that serve social and/or legal services.
  • Graduate School & Law School. Students are prepared for graduate work in political science, international relations and the foreign service, and public administration. Graduates also may pursue law school.
  • Education & Teaching. When undertaken in conjunction with the Integrated Social Studies Licensure Program in the Education Department, graduates are qualified to teach civics-politics and/or social studies in the secondary schools.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The Political Science Major (BA) is organized around four foundations/core courses and three areas of concentration: American Law and Politics, Global Politics, and Political Theory. 

Political Science majors are required to complete all four foundations courses, and by the junior year, students should choose and complete the requirements for one of the areas of concentration.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

The following items are required in order for international students to be considered for freshman or transfer admission to Otterbein University. Once all your application materials have been submitted, we can typically send you an application decision within 2-4 weeks.  Our application review is holistic, meaning it takes into consideration many factors such as your test scores, essay, and involvement outside of the classroom.

  • Common Application, including essay.
  • $50 Application fee.
  • Official transcripts/documents for four years of high school/secondary school (grades 9-12).

Admission to Otterbein is based on a student’s overall potential for academic success. Decisions are made after a holistic review.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32042 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32042 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    32042 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32042 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Westerville

  • 1189 - 1970 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

International Undergraduate Scholarships ($12,000 – $15,000)

  • Students are automatically considered for this merit-based scholarship at the time of application. This award is based on a combination of factors including test scores and academic performance. 

Talent & Departmental Scholarships ($500 – $4,000)

  • Otterbein recognizes individual talents, experiences and passions through special interest awards in art, dance, music, theatre, community service, student leadership, and other talents.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Scholarships ($1,000 – $5,000)

  • Awarded to recognize participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. Students taking at least two courses are eligible.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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