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

Interested in a law degree?

You can earn your bachelor’s in political science and a UA law degree in six years instead of seven. To complete law school, you typically need four years to complete a bachelor’s degree and three years to complete a law degree. 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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