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About the Department 

The Department of Political Science at Ohio University in Athens Ohio offers BA and MA degrees. We have over 300 majors and minors and 50 graduate students. Political Scientists study questions about government, justice, the state and power from empirical and theoretical points of view. Our 20 faculty do research and teach in a wide array of areas including American politics, Asian studies, comparative politics, electoral politics, environmental studies, gender studies, international relations, law, political theory, public administration, queer studies, welfare policy, and race and ethnicity.  A sizeable number of our faculty also participate in interdisciplinary programs. As a department, we are strongly committed to excellent teaching, diversity and innovative scholarship. Our faculty are among the best teachers in the university. Virtually  all have outstanding teaching evaluations and most have won university teaching awards.

The department has over 60 undergraduate courses and graduate courses. In addition, we have a vibrant honors program, an affiliated undergraduate student association, as well as study abroad and internship opportunities. Students can receive academic credit while working in legal settings, state and local government, and non-profit organizations.  Ohio University, Political Science graduates are regularly admitted to the nation's most prestigious law schools and Ph.D. programs.  A degree in Political Science is also excellent preparation for a huge array of career possibilities including, attorney, law enforcement professional, journalist, teacher, professor, business executive, lobbyist, pollster, activist, organizer or elected / appointed government official. The possibilities are endless.

Mission Statement

The Department of Political Science is dedicated to supporting student -faculty engagement in scholarship, teaching, service and community engagement. The Department of Political Science has a deep commitment both to the discipline of Political Science and to interdisciplinarity. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, we strive to instill a lifelong commitment to learning, which empowers students to meet their responsibilities as citizens, leaders, and professionals in a democratic, diverse and global community. 

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