The Department of History and Political Science prepares students to use the disciplines of history, political science, pre-law, and international studies as analytical tools to understand the dynamics of today’s ever-changing and complex society.

Courses in American history, Latin America, Europe, Africa, political science, and church history, along with student-teacher interaction, will provide ethical values and a knowledge base that will meet the department’s purpose. The course offerings provide graduates with the skills needed to be competitive in graduate school, law school, and research. The knowledge gleaned from the courses taught in the department will promote a sound academic background and both spiritual and moral values. In addition, the student will learn to appreciate the diversity of a growing multicultural global society.



  • History (B.A.)
  • International Studies (B.A.)
  • Political Science (B.A.)
  • Pre-Law (B.A.)


  • Black World Studies
  • History
  • Political Science


  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • OUHS


HI 103 : World Civilizations I

A survey course that investigates the great movements of history from ancient times to A.D.


GE 202 : Cultural Geography

An anthropological and environmental study of the interaction between humans and their
environment, dealing with the origin and diffusion of man, race, and culture. The evolution of
man’s institutions from the earliest times to the present. Problems of urban growth, population
explosion, pollution, food shortages, and environmental concerns.


PS 440 : International Relations

A study of critical factors affecting the conduct of international relations. Emphasis is placed
on nation-states, global and regional international organizations, multinational corporations,
individuals in the international arena, and the forces they bring to bear on the international
political system. Prerequisite: EN 112 and PS 120.



Alumni News

Camille Moore '16, (pictured to the right of former President Obama), will graduate with a Masters of Science from Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College School of information Systems in May, 2018. After graduating from Oakwood with a BA in international studies,...

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Happy New Year 2018

Greetings from Dr. Cynthia Powell-Hicks, '76 , President of the Oakwood University Alumni Association (2nd from left), and her family: (l-r) James Rodriques '13 ; Kyndall Powell Hicks Rodriques, '14 ; Dr. Calvin Hicks (seated); Dr. Allycin Powell-Hicks White, '05;...

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Alumni News

Dr. DeShawn Preston, ’11 , serves as a Higher Education Research Fellow at the Southern Education Foundation , where he primarily researches issues pertaining to developmental education and advancing opportunities for historically marginalized groups in education....

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The 107 Website Features Oakwood’s Monument

The 107 Website Features Oakwood's Monument As Confederate monuments and statues begin to finally be removed in many cities across the US, debates arise regarding how we 'honor' history and who should be honored with memorials. If anyone is looking for more...

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