At a glance: Political Science
Ohio Northern University’s political science students develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a wide variety of careers, graduate school and law school. Comprehensive curricula emphasize strong research and writing skills, the ability to effectively analyze and synthesize data and communicate findings to others. Additional majors, minors, study-abroad experiences, internships, Mock Trial or Model United Nations programs are encouraged. Advisors assist in tailoring the student's major and strengthen the student's preparation for the chosen career objectives.
Political science majors earn a bachelor of arts degree. Minors are available in political science, American politics and international politics.
- Faculty research and teaching interests include American Government, State and Local Politics, and International Relations, Comparative Politics, as well as courses on Interest Groups, the Electoral College, and Conflict Resolution.
- The HPJ Department emphasizes writing and encourages students to present their research at professional meetings.
- Recent graduates have gone to graduate school in Political Science and law school. Others have begun careers in government, public policy, and electoral politics.
The department is located in the most historic building on Ohio Northern’s campus, Hill Memorial Building. Hill is the oldest building on campus, but it houses the latest in instructional technology, a computer laboratory and a welcoming environment for students and faculty alike. Hill is in the process of a multi-year renovation.
Phi Alpha Delta – pre-law honorary; Phi Alpha Theta – history honorary; Pi Sigma Alpha – political science honorary; Phi Beta Delta – international honorary; Studia Socialia Americae – national social studies honorary
Professional Placement and internships
Students are introduced to ONU’s Career Services Center during their first quarter on campus and are encouraged to work closely with the Center throughout their college career to develop career strategies, résumés and summer employment. Employers value the strong research and communication skills that students who major in history, political science, international studies and social studies develop.
Graduates have gone on to graduate studies in history or museum studies, journalism, political science, law and public administration at institutions such as:
- Case Western Reserve University
- Duke University
- Georgetown University
- University of Michigan
- William and Mary
- Boston College
- The Ohio State University
Many ONU graduates with these majors have embarked on successful careers in government, business or secondary education.
In the spotlight
Nationally competitive internships with the Justice Department, State Department, Department of Commerce, U.S. Marshals and others
Participation in undergraduate research conferences at the national and regional levels
Record of participation in high-profile programs, including Washington Center convention programs and inauguration programs
Publication in national peer-reviewed journals, including the most widely read journal in political science
Three majors served as program assistants in the Japanese-U.S. Camp
Proven record of research through conference participation and publication (peer-reviewed publications, books, opinion-editorials)
Frequently called upon for media analysis at the local, regional, national and international levels (e.g., MSNBC, NPR, The Toledo Blade, etc.)
Service on National Boards (Mock Trial, National Liaison Advisory Board for the Washington Center, Editorial Boards)
Procuring external grant money (Over $10,000 in last five years to support student-faculty projects; grant proposals done in tandem with students)
Politics from the Hill (Publication of ONU student political science manuscripts distributed to prospective students and alumni)
Multiple faculty selected as teachers of the year