About Us

Welcome to the Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science at The University of Akron has a strong faculty dedicated to teaching and scholarship in the field of political science.


Our faculty has published over:

  • 28 books
  • 245 articles and book chapters
  • 322 professional conference papers
  • 100 governmental and corporate reports

The faculty is equally dedicated to excellence in teaching. Many employ various modes of multi-media instruction, service learning, internships, and other innovative teaching exercises. The department emphasizes its practical orientation toward career planning, and personnel are available to provide such advice and counseling.

The department offers several degree programs, including:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science/ Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Applied Politics
  • Master of Applied Politics/ Juris Doctorate

Please navigate through our Quick Links section to find out more about our offerings.

Contact Us:

201 Olin Hall

Akron, Ohio 44325-1904

(330) 972-7406

(330) 972-8841 fax

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The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics

The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics is a bipartisan research and teaching institute within the University of Akron.  It is dedicated to increasing understanding of the political process with special emphasis on political parties, grassroots activity, and ethical behavior.   The Bliss Institute works in autonomous affiliation and active cooperation with the university’s Department of Political Science.  The institute and the department collaborate in providing academic curricula and other activities that support their related missions, including internship programs, academic programs in applied politics, scholarship, and public events.  Members of the institute frequently are professors in the department and several faculty members of the department are fellows of the institute.

Please visit the Bliss Institute website here.