Political ScienceProfessors Fitzgerald, Funderburk, Green, Nord, Schlagheck (chair), Thobaben (Emeritus), Walker (Emeritus)
Associate Professors Adams (Emeritus), Anderson, Feldmeier, Luehrmann, Sirkin, Snipe
Assistant Professors Atkinson, Kantha
Students of political science study governments: how they evolve, why they exist, the forms and social functions they assume, why they change, and who controls them. To understand governments, students of political science also study politics: how people behave in their relationship to government, what they do to influence government, and how government attempts to influence people's behavior and beliefs about what it does. Students of politics also must appreciate how cultural, historical, and economic forces affect the evolution of governments and mass political behavior.
The Bachelor of Arts program in political science focuses on three areas of instruction:
Student Internships and Applied PoliticsInternships for political science majors may be arranged with area state legislators, congressional district offices, county prosecutors and public defender offices, Dayton-area metropolitan governments, and governmental and policy advocacy agencies and organizations in Washington, D.C. These internships complement classroom work and give students the chance to apply knowledge and develop valuable interpersonal and career-related skills. The department sponsors student participation on our nationally recognized, award-winning team attending the annual National Model United Nations meeting in New York.
Degree Requirements-Political ScienceBachelor of Arts Degree
See General Education Requirements
Minor in Political Science
Students majoring in other fields, particularly other social sciences, may benefit from a minor in political science. The minor is especially helpful to students in journalism, business students interested in international business and finance, students in education, and anyone pursuing a career where a basic understanding of political institutions and processes would strengthen other program interests. Completion of the approved minor is certified on students' official transcript upon graduation. The minor may be fulfilled by completing the following requirements.
Departmental HonorsMajors in political science may earn departmental honors by completing the following requirements:
By completing these requirements and the
eight-course Honors Program requirement, majors
may earn the designation "University Honors
Scholar" upon graduation. Interested students should
contact the University Honors Program for more
National Honor SocietyMajors in political science may become eligible for membership in Theta Zeta Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. Interested students should see the department chair for more information.
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