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About Political Science

About the Department

The Political Science Department at Ohio University in Athens, OH, offers B.A. and M.A. degrees in Political Science. We have more than 450 Political Science and Pre-Law majors and minors and more than 20 graduate students.

Political scientists study questions about government, public affairs, justice, the state and power from empirical and theoretical points of view. We have more than 20 faculty in the department who research and teach in a wide array of areas, including American politics, Asian and African studies, comparative politics, electoral politics, environmental studies, gender studies, international relations, law, political theory, public administration, queer studies, public policy, and race and ethnicity. Many of our faculty also direct and participate in interdisciplinary programs in the Center for International Studies; the Center for Law, Justice and Culture; the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs; and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. 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 many have won teaching awards. The department has more than 80 undergraduate courses and graduate courses. We have a public affairs internship program that enables students to earn academic credit while gaining valuable work experience in legal settings, state and local government, and non-profit organizations. We also have a vibrant honors program, an affiliated undergraduate student association, and opportunities to participate in study abroad programs and to interact with accomplished alumni working in government, business, and public affairs.

Ohio University Political Science graduates are regularly admitted to the nation's most prestigious law schools and graduate programs. Our students also go on to a variety of careers in public affairs and business, including attorney, political analyst, law enforcement professional, journalist, teacher, business executive, professor, non-profit manager, political organizer, and elected or appointed government official. With preparation in Political Science the career possibilities are endless.

- From Dr. Nukhet Sandal, Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science

Mission Statement

The Department of Political Science's mission complements Ohio University's larger mission of teaching, research, and outreach in a learning-centered community. Through its teaching mission, the department advances the liberal arts by offering the bachelor's and master's degrees to a diverse community of students. We seek to instill a lifelong commitment to learning, which empowers students to meet their responsibilities as citizens, leaders, and professional political scientists in a democratic society and interdependent world. Through its research mission, the department faculty advances disciplinary and interdisciplinary research that is fundamental, applied, and theoretical. This research reaches a wide audience through books, scholarly journals, popular media, and professional conferences. Through its outreach mission, the department and its faculty members are leaders in the college, the university, the community, and profession. Across all of these missions, the Political Science faculty is committed to advancing diversity and human understanding.

Political Sciences Student Learning Outcomes

Student learning assessment at the program level is intended to promote and maintain program excellence and improve student learning. Each department in the College of Arts & Sciences has developed a set of learning outcomes for their programs and engages in faculty-led assessment activities to help inform curricular and program review and development. Student learning is assessed in different ways across A&S departments, informed by disciplinary standards and the specific learning outcomes of the program.