History and Political Science

Students who are not satisfied by the status quo and want to become agents of change find the challenges they are seeking at Olivet. Professors seek to provide them with the knowledge and experience they need to change the world.

Study of the past is a door to understanding the present and a guide to responsibility for the future. Students enjoy the many opportunities they have to develop their critical-thinking and research skills. Lively and challenging classes include discussion, debate and teamwork.

Students have many opportunities to explore the relationship of faith and culture. They learn to interpret facts, and identify trends and trajectories. In the process, they construct a framework for and develop their Christian worldview.

Meet the Faculty

David Van Heemst

As Olivet’s first political scientist hired to teach, David Van Heemst developed the 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.

History and Political Science Faculty

By the Numbers
minutes from Chicago
student-to-faculty ratio
opportunities each year to experience Washington, D.C.
network of Olivet alumni
Areas of Study

Starting freshman year, students learn from and dialog with their professors directly, instead of just studying and meeting a list of deadlines on their own. Professors are ready to teach their students what they need to know to succeed in today’s world. And they’re equally eager to pray with students! As students determine their aptitude and what career path they you want to pursue, their professors help them customize their education to best prepare them for the future.