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Undergraduate Majors

Ohio University's nine undergraduate colleges offer more than 250 programs of study. Students may select from a wide variety of majors, minors and certificates. While most undergraduate programs at the Athens campus are designed to be completed in four years, a limited number of two-year degree programs are available as well.

Political Science Major (B.A.)

Major code BA4201

College of Arts and Sciences
Political Science Department  
Bentley Annex 266
Phone: 740.593.4373
Fax: 740.593.0394


Program Overview

Students who choose to major in political science are curious about power and influence--who has it and why. They want to know more about how governments work and why, sometimes, they don't. They want to gain a better understanding of the relationship between governments and people in their own communities and governments and people around the world.

Admission Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Political science graduates have a large number of employment opportunities.  Some go into government service, non-profit agencies or the private sector while others manage political campaigns or seek elective office. Some go abroad to work in international organizations, diplomacy, or national security.  Many go on to law or professional school, or find a career in teaching and research after earning a graduate degree in political science.

Examples of employers who seek those with a political science degree include local, state, or national government, lobbying organizations, non-profit agencies, consulting firms, colleges and universities, news outlets, and international agencies such as the United Nations.

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