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Undergraduate Degrees

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The Department of Political Science is known for its outstanding students, including many national scholars. Our students are actively engaged in university life, and many are campus leaders involved in Student Congress, the P SC Club and other student organizations. Undergraduates go on to excellent law schools and graduate programs; work in Washington, D.C.; state legislatures and agencies; nonprofits; federal law enforcement; the diplomatic corps; and political consulting.

The Department is the academic home to over 350 undergraduate students on the Norman campus. Offering three undergraduate majors in Political Science, Political Science: Elections and Campaign Management, and Public & Nonprofit Administration.  Students that choose political science can take courses in American politics, public policy, public administration, comparative politics, international relations or political theory.  The Elections and Campaign Management concentration provides a concentrated education in campaigns and voter behavior.  Students that choose public affairs and administration will focus their coursework in public policy and public administration.   



The Department of Political Science offers three majors: Political Science, Political Science with a concentration in Elections & Campaign Management, and Public & Nonprofit Administration. Find program and degree requirements, current check sheets, course distribution lists, and plan of study.

Political Science

Political Science (in Elections and Campaign Management)

Public and Nonprofit Administration


Learn more about one of our five minors: Political Science, Public Affairs & Administration, Elections & Campaign Management, Nonprofit Organizational Studies, and Non-Governmental Organizations.

General Requirements for All Minors

At least six (6) credit hours must be earned in courses acceptable for residence credit by standards set forth by the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences, excluding transfer, correspondence, and examination (AP, CLEP, Advanced Standing) credit. Courses for the minor may not be taken Pass/No Pass.

No single course may be used by a student to satisfy a major requirement and a minor requirement. A course may be used, however, to satisfy both a major support requirement and a minor requirement. Requests to substitute a minor requirement must be approved in writing by the Department of Political Science.

The requirements for a minor must be completed concurrently with the major degree requirements. No minor may be added by completing courses after receiving the bachelor’s degree. Minors in the College are available to all undergraduate students at OU. If the minor is officially declared, successfully completed, and noted on the graduation application, the student’s transcript will so indicate at the time the bachelor’s degree is posted.

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All Political Science and Public & Nonprofit Administration students must be advised prior to the Fall, Spring, and Summer semester before you are able to enroll.

Kristi Brooks.
Kristi Brooks

Senior Academic Advisor

Kristi Brooks advises students from the following programs: Political Science majors, Political Science with emphasis in Elections and Campaign Management majors, Political Science minors, Elections and Campaign Management minors.  

Location: Dale Hall Tower, Room 207


Tyson Putthoff.
Dr. Tyson Putthoff

Academic Advisor

Dr. Tyson Putthoff advises students from the following programs: Public and Nonprofit Administration majors, Nonprofit and Organizational Studies minors, Non-Governmental Organizations minors, Public Affairs and Administration minors.  

Location: Dale Hall Tower, Room 212



The Department of Political Science, in partnership with the Carl Albert Center, offers students several opportunities to participate in engaging programs that enhance the theoretical lessons of the classroom. Between Ewing Fellowships served in Washington, D.C., community-oriented Capitol and Community Scholars, and the Carl Albert Undergraduate Research Fellows there are ample ways to gain real-world experience.