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Department of Political Science

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Pre-Law (Political Science)  

Political Science has a well deserved reputation as the preeminent field of study for students considering legal education. The emphasis on understanding the nature and role of law in our public lives, on critical thinking about political issues and institutions, and on learning to express our thought clearly on these matters, make a degree in Political Science an excellent gateway to the study of law. A legal education is valuable in a wide variety of careers. In addition to traditional law (serving as a prosecutor or dealing with individual and private sector clients) attorneys work as legislative aides, political activists, business executives, reporters, political appointees, educators, policy analysts, and public officials. Anyone considering law school will want to explore the full range of careers open to those qualified to practice law.

The Department of Political Science, in the College of Arts and Sciences, offers more than 60 undergraduate courses and a variety of graduate courses to prepare students for responsibilities as citizens, leaders, and professional political scientists in a democratic society and an interdependent world. Political Science majors can pursue a bachelor of arts degree. Students interested in a deeper study of political science may enroll for their degree through the Honors Tutorial College. Additionally, a political science minor can be declared after 18 hours of coursework. Extracurricular opportunities for political science majors include the Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Society and the Political Science Majors Association.

Career Opportunities

Ohio University political science graduates regularly are admitted to the nation’s most prestigious law schools, receive scholarships and fellowship offers to outstanding graduate schools, and have achieved success in a variety of careers, including the federal government, state and local governments, law, journalism, education, and the business world.


Special Features

The Department provides internship opportunities for students to receive academic credit while receiving practical experience in legal settings, state and local government, and nonprofit organizations.

Our Faculty

The faculty comprises more than 20 professors in five areas of concentration: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and public administration. The richness of faculty diversity, background, and training contributes to an exciting teaching and learning environment, making political science one of the most popular majors at Ohio University.


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College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 19 departments, 27 majors and dozens of other special curricula. The college is committed to advancing the interrelated areas of teaching, research, and outreach in a learning-centered community. The college instructs students based on core disciplines for the entire university.

Arts and Sciences is home to nearly one-third of all OHIO's undergraduate and graduate students. The college encourages research and applied scholarship among all of its faculty members. They also create many opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in research as well. The college takes an active role in making knowledge accessible and in applying it to issues that affect the wider community.

All departmental majors provide sound preparation for future careers by requiring you to think and write critically and to communicate well - the preferred skills in all areas of the public and private sector. Certificate programs are open to students who are enrolled in any baccalaureate program, regardless of college or major. Minors in the College of Arts and Sciences may be combined with any regular majors or special curricula programs. With careful planning, minors can be completed within four years.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.