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POLITICAL SCIENCE: DESIGNED FOR THE REAL-WORLD JOB MARKET

Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science offers a number of options for undergraduate and graduate studies that will prepare students for a variety of career options. Our Faculty members are renowned in their fields and have great success mentoring students to achieve their career goals.

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Political campaigns, Congressional offices, the intelligence community, data science, survey research, behavioral science, corporate research and marketing, the State Department, the FBI, police departments, political consultancies, academia, think tanks, military leadership and more.

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

Dr. Nancy Marion,  Department Chair
Akron, OH 44325-1904

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

B.A. in Political Science

Political science is the study of human behavior as it relates to governments, public policy, and campaigns and elections.  The discipline can be broken down into several subfields including, but not limited to American, Comparative, and International Politics as well as Public Policy and Law.

Contact Dr. Nancy Marion at nmarion@uakron.edu.

B.A. in Political Science-National Security Track

In response to the growing need for national security professionals, and pending approval by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Department of Political Science at the University of Akron is planning to offer the BA in Political Science-National Security Track. This course of study is intended to prepare professionals in the world of national security occupations. Potential employers include: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Security Agency (NSA), Federal Bureau of Investigation-National Security Branch (FBI/NSB), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Defense Department (DOD), Military Branches of Service, State Department (DOS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Intelligence/Security Contracting Firms, NGOs

Contact Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler at kck@uakron.edu or call 330-972-8060.

B.A. in Political Science/Juris Doctorate (3+3)

This joint degree with the University's School of Law allows fourth-year undergraduate students to take courses in the law school that apply to both their BA and JD degrees. The fourth year of courses for these students is the first year of law school. Students in this program will complete their BA and JD degrees in 6 years, saving time and money!

Contact Dr. Phillip Marcin at pjm@uakron.edu.

B.A. in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)

This unique, interdisciplinary degree provides undergraduate students with a broad social science background that introduces them to concepts and ideas in multiple fields. Students take courses in all three departments and learn the intricacies of the individual areas but also how they interrelate with one another.

Contact Dr. Jim McHugh at mchugh@uakron.edu.

M.A. in Political Science

This degree provides students with the flexibility to develop a plan of study suitable to their own interests, needs and career goals.  The program includes methodological and foundational courses within the discipline of Political Science.  Students will be considered for admissions year-round.

Contact Dr. Nancy Marion at nmarion@uakron.edu.

M.A. 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. Learn more about Security Studies track.

Contact Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler at kck@uakron.edu or call 330-972-8060.

Master of Applied Politics (MAP) 

The Master of Applied Politics, in cooperation with the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and the University of Akron Political Science Department, is one of the few graduate programs in the United States focusing on practical politics, and the only one in the Midwest. It is designed for students interested in election campaigns, managing organizations, and other political activities.

Contact Dr. David Cohen at dbcohen@uakron.edu or call 330-972-6045.

Juris Doctor/Master of Applied Politics

In today's world, students appropriately see a law degree as an entry to the world of politics.  This joint degree allows students to receive both a Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) and a Master of Applied Politics degree (M.A.P.) with 18 fewer credits than if they took the program consecutively. 

The J.D./ M.A.P. is a collaboration of the University's nationally recognized School of Law and Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics in the Department of Political Science.

Contact Dr. David Cohen at dbcohen@uakron.edu

Our faculty in the news media

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