Dr. Kenneth Hicks
Department Head and Professor
“Students interested in history and political science have a wide variety of aspirations, but they share a common desire to work in fields that help their communities and their fellow citizens. We help them pursue those goals with degrees in public affairs, education, and history.”
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About the Department
The Department of History and Political Science offers students discipline-specific degree programs as well as the university’s general education program. The department teaches students to foster skills of creative thinking, writing, research and oral communication while helping them develop values of scholarship, creativity, appreciation of diversity and community service.
RSU’s History and Political Science department offers several associate and baccalaureate degrees to traditional and nontraditional students with multiple opportunities for degree specialization.
An education in history and political science prepares students to pursue a variety of careers, including education, communication, archaeology, public administration, security/intelligence, research and political office.
The department provides students with opportunities for internships, which allow students to work in a public service agency, explore career options within their fields of study and integrate classroom learning with work-related experience.
- RSU was the first university in Oklahoma to offer a degree in Military History.
- Among the History and Political Science faculty are published authors, noted historians, and award- winning educators.
- The Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs, with options in political science and public administration, prepares students to implement and oversee policies at all levels of city, county, state and national governments.
- Graduates of the department have gone on to succeed as teachers, lawyers, and political campaign advisors throughout the region.
- History and Political Science faculty conduct original research and present their work in the region, across
“I chose a Political Science degree from RSU originally because of my interest in politics. However, I soon realized political science could be so much more than just an interest. The ideas, concepts, and knowledge I learned at RSU have already proven to be extremely useful in the year since I graduated. Having an understanding of how the world works is an invaluable tool and one that helps guide many of my decisions. I am a much better person, student, and citizen because of my Political Science degree.”
Associate Attorney for Fredericks Peebles & Morgan
“Rogers State University offers a superb education. Before enrolling in the Political Science Program at RSU my critical thinking and writing skills were mediocre at best. However, after four years of first-rate academic instruction the world opened up to me in previously unimaginable ways.
I was awarded a full tuition scholarship to a highly regarded law school; I was awarded a prestigious Fellowship in Washington D.C. working as a student-attorney for the Department of the Interior; I was selected by the Native American Rights Fund for a highly sought after internship; and I am now an associate attorney representing Indian tribes on matters such as the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Simply put, I owe a great deal, if not all, of my subsequent academic and professional success to Rogers State University and its incredible faculty.”