Political Science

Political Science Fundamentals

Political science is the study of the institutions and procedures people use to regulate conflict within and between nations.

  • Coursework addresses:
    • U.S. political and government systems
    • institutions of other nations
    • political systems and international connections
    • war and peace
    • global balance of power

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning

Choose your end game:

  • Political Science, BA
  • Political Science, Intelligence & National Security Studies, BA
  • Law School: Political Science/JD Degree Accelerated, BA
    You can earn your bachelor’s in political science and a UA law degree in six years instead of seven. Learn more about our 3+3 Program.

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Research

The Department of Political Science is home to the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, a public education and research center where students learn how to become active and competent in political life.

Real-world Experience

Gain practical professional experience through UA's optional cooperative education program. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school while earning a competitive salary.

  • The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics provides internship opportunities with political party organizations, candidates, interest groups and public officials at the national, state and local levels.

Political Science Student Organizations

Interact with other political science students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:

  • Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honorary)
  • Pre-Law Club
  • College Democrats
  • College Republicans
  • Associated Student Government

Sample Curriculum





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    For More Information:

    Department of Political Science

    Contact: Dr. Nancy Marion

    Career Opportunities

    Degrees and Preparation

    A degree in political science opens the door to many career opportunities, such as:

    • administrators and elected officials at the local, state and national levels
    • teachers at secondary education or college levels

    Other career options include:

    • government and private-sector policy analysis
    • law
    • policing and corrections
    • mass media and news analysis
    • foreign service and overseas government programs
    • intelligence
    • campaigns and elections
    • government liaison work
    • mediation
    • nonprofit organization work

    Career Outlook

    Opportunities are growing the field of political science and related fields. Job prospects are especially good for those with advanced degrees.

    Career Services

    Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.