History and Political Science

The Department of History and Political Science pursues the integration of a biblically-based philosophy of history and politics with the best of current scholarship. Students in the department have the opportunity to engage in coursework covering the span of American History, the roots of United States politics and government, the breadth of European history, culture and ideas, as well as courses covering non-Western societies. Throughout our courses and scholarship, the department invests faculty and students in an excellence of academic thought and Christian life.

Areas of Study

The History and Political Science department at Olivet Nazarene University offers conceptual frameworks that are both rigorous and innovative. As students determine their aptitude and what career path they want to pursue, their professors help them customize their education to be best prepared for the future. 

Legal Studies
Political Science 
Public Policy
Social Sciences
Social Sciences Teaching

Field Experience

Students in the History and Political Science department have numerous opportunities available,  including four on-campus clubs, two study abroad programs and an annual week-long trip to Washington, D.C.

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Program overview with Professor David Van Heemst

Study Abroad

More than a dozen study abroad programs at Olivet provide opportunities for students to experience other cultures in different countries.

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By the Numbers
of department graduates who applied were accepted into law school
student-to-faculty ratio
opportunities each year to experience Washington, D.C.
network of Olivet alumni

Our Faculty

As Olivet’s first political scientist hired to teach, Dr. David Van Heemst developed the political science program. Relating with students is one of his passions and discussions in his classroom are legendary. His achievements as a professor have garnered him multiple awards. He is the author of five books and the father of five daughters.

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