Department of Political Science


The Department of Political Science at the University of Akron offers a BA in Political Science, a BS in Political Science/Criminal Justice, a Masters (MA) in Political Science, a Masters in Applied Politics (MAP), and a MAP/JD degree that are all geared to maximize student success.

Where our graduates work

Political campaigns, Congressional offices, the Intelligence Community, the State Department, the FBI, police departments, political consultancies, academia, think tanks, military leadership, etc.

Olin Hall houses the Department of Political Science and the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

Visit us in room 201!

Department of Political Science
John Green, Department Chair
Nancy Marion, Director of Graduate Studies
Akron, OH 44325-1904

Phone: 330-972-7406
Fax: 330-972-8841

Fall 2015 Political Science Course Lists

Graduate Courses

Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate CJ Courses

Contact Beth Raies at 330-972-7406 or

Summer 2015 Political Science course lists

The following links contain the course offerings for the Political Science Department for Summer 2015:

Call 330-972-7406 or

Political Science Masters Degree is the pathway to your success!

The Department of Political Science offers number of options for graduate studies that are geared toward preparing students for many different career options.  Our faculty members are renowned in their fields and have great success mentoring students to achieve their career goals.  Check out how a UA Political Science graduate degree can be your path to success!  

For more information please check out the Graduate Bulletin or contact the Department of Political Science at 330-972-7406

Consideration for applications for Fall graduate assistantships will begin March 1 and continue until April 1.

Interested in Security Studies Careers?

The best way to gain experience and maximize your opportunity for a great career starts with an internship. If you interested in Security Studies but are not sure where to start, take a look at:

Please contact Dr. Kaltenthaler about the Security Studies program and discuss the amazing opportunities that await you!

New -- MA in Political Science - Security Studies Track

Interested in a career with the CIA, NSA, DIA, or State Department? If so, then our Security Studies program is the best choice for you. 

We live in a world, where security issues often dominate the national policy agenda.  In response to the growing need for national security professionals, the Department of Political Science at the University of Akron now offers the Master of Arts Degree in Political Science-Security Studies Track.  This course of study is intended to prepare professionals in the world of national security occupations. Please check out this information on the Security Studies track

Contact Dr. Kaltenthaler today for more information on this amazing program.



Political Science in the Media

  • August: Professor Karl Kaltenthaler appeared on a radio program in Seoul, South Korea, today to discuss ramifications of Mullah Omar’s death.
  • July 29: Professor Karl Kaltenthaler is quoted in a U.S. News & World Report story on the reported death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
  • July 28: The Karl Rove event—and the momentum of Republican candidate Donald Trump—were discussed on WAKR-AM this morning by John Green, director of UA’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
  • July 23John Green appeared on Minnesota Public Radio to discuss the Pew Report released earlier this year detailing that more younger Americans than ever are not attached to a faith.
  • July 23John Green will participate in a panel discussion that is part of a watch party for the August 6 Republican presidential debate in Cleveland. has the details.
  • July 23: Professor David Cohen is quoted in a Boston Globe story about presidential candidate Donald Trump’s wealth and how the candidate discusses the subject.
  • July 22: Professor David Cohen has been interviewed for a WBNS-TV 10 (Columbus) story on Ohio Gov. John Kasich formally announcing his presidential campaign.
  • July 21John Green, director of UA’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, is quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about the presidential hopes of Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
  • July 20: Professor David Cohen’s comments are part of a WKSU-FM story on the race for the Republican nomination and Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s standing as he officially enters the field tomorrow. Cohen also appeared on WHBC-AM’s Ron Ponder Show to discuss Governor Kasich and Donald Trump.
  • July 15John Green is quoted in a story on how the JobsOhio program might be viewed during Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign.
  • July 15: Professor David Cohen appeared on WOSU-FM as part of a program focused on Jimmy Carter’s presidential legacy.