Major Code BA1908
Honors Tutorial College
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Andrew Ross, Associate Professor and Director of Study
The Honors Tutorial program in political science is a particularly important part of our mission, home to a select group of academically-oriented and politically-engaged students. Whether the future career is law, teaching, governing, political consulting, or some other related field, the program in political science, along with the broader liberal arts orientation of the college, offers our HTC students an excellent start. The program is designed around the belief that our students, as talented and mature people, should enjoy freedom to explore the issues and possibilities of the field. Students complete eight tutorials and the equivalent of two years of study in a foreign language but are also able to personalize their program of study and produce original, independent research, in the form of an honors thesis. Tutorials, together with regular coursework, help students to develop a sophisticated understanding of the variety of approaches comprising the discipline of political science. The strength of the tutorial program in political science is the one-to-one or small group tutorial format. This approach facilitates the acquisition of verbal as well as written skills because of the intensive attention devoted to each tutorial student by the tutor. The student is expected to demonstrate knowledge of weekly assignments through papers, oral reports, or such projects as may be designated by the tutor. This provides invaluable experience in research, writing, and oral presentation, as well as develops a professional work ethic and sense of responsibility.
Applicants are selected on the basis of superior academic ability and the potential for self-motivated study and research. Applicants typically are required to submit additional essays, and an interview with the director of studies is required for admission. More information, including materials and deadlines, is available at www.ohio.edu/honors/tutorial-programs/apply.
Change of Program Policy
First-year students at Ohio University may apply to transfer into the Political Science tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen.
External Transfer Admission
First-year students at another institution may also apply to transfer into the tutorial programs offered by the Political Science Department and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering HTC freshmen. They should contact the Honors Tutorial College office for guidance.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
A great number and variety of opportunities are available to political science graduates upon graduation. Some pursue careers in government service, non-profit agencies or the private sector. Some go on to law or professional school. Others find opportunities in teaching and research. Because the Honors Tutorial College is so unique, graduating students who apply to graduate or professional schools are given letters that not only describe the tutorial nature of the college, but also describe the content of each tutorial taken by the student.