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Department of Political Science

Welcome to the Political Science Department website! Here you will find information on the wide variety of courses and degrees we offer that will both challenge you and let you explore different topic in Political Science. Our diverse faculty conduct groundbreaking research in multiple fields and are national experts who are eager to work with all students. You will also find information on various career opportunities that will open to you upon graduation with a degree in Political Science. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Nancy E. Marion, Ph.D., J.D.
Chair, Political Science 

Pi Sigma Alpha: The National Political Science Honor Society

Congratulations to our students who were inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha!

Nimra Asif
Joshua Bellis
Kalia Benner
Annabella King
Jade Papic
Rachel Randolph

For more information, visit the Pi Sigma Alpha website.

The Center for Intelligence and Security Studies

A resource to prepare the security professionals of tomorrow by bringing together students, faculty, and security practitioners for training, research, and education in the areas of national security, cybersecurity, community security and law enforcement, as well as intelligence analysis and operations.

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Why Study Political Science?

We believe that a degree in Political Science is one of the best tools for a student seeking a comprehensive liberal arts education.  Critical thinking, argumentative writing, analysis, persuasion, and social research are some of the foundational skills our students will have after completing a Political Science major. Additionally, our students are well prepared to compete in a competitive, global market requiring ethical and practical problem solving skills.

B.A. in Political Science

  • This degree is the study of human behavior as it relates to governments, public policy and campaigns and elections.
  • Contact:  Dr. Nancy Marion, 

B.A. in Political Science - National Security Track

  • This degree prepares students for national security occupations, such as the FBI, the intelligence community, or other national security careers.
  • Contact: Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler,

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

  • In collaboration with the School of Law, this joint degree allows fourth-year undergraduate students to take courses in the Law School and receive both degrees in 6 years. 
  • Contact: Dr. Philip Marcin, 

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

  • This unique, interdisciplinary degree provides students with a broad social science background that introduces them to concepts and ideas of the individual areas and how they interrelate with one another.
  • Contact: Dr. Jim McHugh,

M.A. in Political Science - Security Studies

  • This advanced degree program is designed for individuals in careers in national security, intelligence, diplomacy, or other security related areas.
  • Contact: Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler, 

Master of Applied Politics (MAP)

  • In collaboration with the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, the MAP is one of only a handful of graduate programs in the United States focusing on practical politics and experiential learning.  The degree is designed for students interested in election campaigns, managing organizations, and other political activities.    
  • Contact: Dr. David Cohen, 

Juris Doctor/Master of Applied Politics

Our faculty in the news media

Conservative voters in Summit and Portage split over Trump influence, DeWine's leadership

UA’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics released a poll last week of 1,550 eligible Ohio voters that provides insights into yesterday's election results. Dr. John Green said the share of Ohio voters who identify as independent declined 5% since 2018 while polarization, especially on hot-button issues this election, continues to grow.

Israel disregards international law

Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler gave an interview recently on Pakistani television channel PTV about the recent clashes between Palestinians and Israelis.  

Donald Trump's Stunning Ohio Victories Show 'Era Has Ended' for Republicans

Speaking to Newsweek, Dr. David B. Cohen suggested that with so many candidates mimicking Trump in an attempt to appeal to voters in the Ohio primary, J. D. Vance, in particular, needed the endorsement from the former president to stand out from the crowd. 

Rep. Shontel Brown Wins Ohio Democratic Primary

Commenting on Rep. Shontel Brown’s win in yesterday’s Ohio Democratic Primary, Dr. David B. Cohen said, “I don’t think anybody is surprised. If a progressive candidate couldn’t win during a special election in an open seat, there was no way they were going to pull it out with an incumbent member of Congress.” 

4 themes to watch in the Ohio and Indiana primaries

Dr. David B. Cohen comments on Ohio's May 3 primary election.

Donald Trump Seeks to Prove He Still Matters in Battle for Ohio Senate

Dr. David B. Cohen comments on Ohio's May 3 primary election.

With inflation, gas prices on voters' minds, Biden's domestic agenda muddied by war in Ukraine

Discussing how the White House struggles with articulating the president's domestic agenda amid the growing carnage in Ukraine, Dr. David B. Cohen said it is "extremely important" that Biden and Democrats, who face major headwinds to retain power in Congress, pass something more they can run on in the coming months. 

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Schedule of Classes

Summer 2022

Fall 2022

Join a Student Organization

Pre-Law Society
Contacts: Dr. Phil Marcin; Dr. Jim McHugh

College Democrats
Contact: Dr. David Cohen

College Republicans
Contact: Dr. Matt Akers

Pi Sigma Alpha
Contact: Dr. Nancy Marion

Speaker's Bureau

Our faculty experts are available to come to your high school or community organization to discuss current events and other relevant topics.

Professor Kimberly Hufgard
Fingerprinting, Human Trafficking, Store Security, Careers in the Criminal Justice Field 

Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler
National Security, Intelligence, Counterterrorism, Related Careers in Security and Intelligency

Dr. David Cohen
Campaigns, Congress, Presidency, White House, Careers in Politics

Dr. Ron Gelleny
Human Rights, Comparative Politics, Related Careers

Dr. James McHugh
Comparative Constitutions, Polarization of American Society

Dr. Phil Marcin
Supreme Court, Organization of the Courts, Supreme Court Decisions, Careers in the Legal Field

Contact Us

Department of Political Science
The University of Akron
Olin Hall 201 (see campus map)
Akron, OH  44325-1904

Office: 330-972-7406
Fax: 330-972-8841


Department Chair:
Dr. Nancy Marion

Undergraduate Advisor:
Dr. Phil Marcin

Graduate Advisors:

Security Studies
Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler 

Master of Applied Politics
Dr. David Cohen 

Dr. Phil Marcin


Dr. James McHugh 

Olin Hall houses the Department of Political Science, the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies and the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.