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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 all of our students who were inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha!

Lazar Bogicevic Sindi Morsches Gurveen Sandhu
Brittainy Butler Jeremy Noll Nour Shakaki
Parker Codding Brandon Plaza Isaiah Smith
Callie Gerzanics Dakota Prince Jessica Vasillides
Robert Gray Amy Quitter Wan Yu
Ryan Laverick Brianna Rummer

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 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

Fault Lines: Biden administration formally recognizes Armenian genocide

Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler is interviewed on a Pakistani television channel about the Biden administration's decision to formally recognize Armenian genocide by the Turks in 1915.

What does Rep. Anthony Gonzalez's decision to step down mean for the GOP's future?

Dr. David Cohen is interviewed about U.S. House Representative Anthony Gonzalez and his decision to not run for reelection in 2022.

The American Withdraw from Afghanistan and Its Regional Global Implications

Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler gave an interview to the Iranian Council for Defending the Truth about the implications of the U.S. decision to withdrawal troops from Afghanistan.


What are Academics Wearing? Readers Share Their Campus Fashion Choices

Dr. James McHugh chimes in on what his standard academic attire is.


GOP Senate candidates take page from Trump playbook as they fight for populist title

Dr. David Cohen is interviewed about campaign strategy and financing of the candidates vying for the Republican nomination in Ohio's 2022 U.S. Senate race.


Afghanistan: blow to the image of the United States 20 years after 9/11 and with the memory of Vietnam

Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler was interviewed by an Argentinian newpaper about the fall of Afghanistan into Taliban hands. The article is in Spanish but can be translated using Google Translate.


Who's in the majority now?

Dr. David Cohen comments on the involvement of Democratic Majority for Israel, a pro-Isreal advocacy group, during the race for Ohio's 11th congressional district, which was recently won by Shontel Brown.

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Schedule of Classes

Summer 2021

Fall 2021

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.