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About Political Science

About the Department

The Department of Political Science at Ohio University in Athens, OH, offers B.A. and M.A. 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 sizable 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 more than 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.
—From Dr. Judith Grant, 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.

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