Mar 01, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

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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Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

Political Sciences Hours Requirement

Complete a total of 30 semester credit hours of POLS coursework, including all the requirements below.

Political Science: Introduction

Complete only one of the following courses:
(POLS 1600 is recommended)

Foundations of Political Science: Part I

Complete one of the following courses:

Foundations of Political Science: Part II

Complete one of the following courses:

Political Theory

Complete the following course:

Political Science Electives

Complete 18 hours of Political Science courses at the 3000 or 4000 level.