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Political Science

AT ONU, WE NOT ONLY TALK POLITICS AT THE DINNER TABLE; WE LIVE AND EXAMINE POLITICS NONSTOP. MAJOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE AT ONU, AND YOU’LL GET THE BIG PICTURE OF HOW POLITICAL SYSTEMS WORK IN THE U.S. AND ABROAD. YOU’LL EXPLORE GOVERNMENT, ELECTORAL CAMPAIGNS, INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, POLITICAL BEHAVIOR, PUBLIC POLICY AND MORE, IN DEPTH.

GET THE BIG PICTURE

Political science is a fantastic major for a variety of careers. Employers in many fields, from business to law, health care to education, seek out people who are knowledgeable in politics. You’ll also learn how to lead, communicate, and think critically and analytically. These skills are in demand in today’s workforce.

Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunity you’ll find here. Our political science students serve in student government and co-author papers with their professors. They study abroad and intern in congressional offices. They head up student organizations and present their research at regional and national conferences.

Don’t settle for being a face in the crowd. Become part of a close-knit family. At ONU, you’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships with your classmates. Our dedicated and distinguished professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, research, internships, and career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success and open doors for you. Several faculty have law degrees in addition to their PhDs and bring their real-world experiences into the classroom.

Upon graduation, you’ll be a seasoned professional who’s ready for whatever the future holds – whether it’s a job, law school, or a graduate program. The field is truly wide open!

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OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO

Imagine studying abroad in England, China, Colombia, France, Korea, Ghana or Russia. Or participating in the Democratic or Republican National Convention. Or heading off to New York to compete in Model UN against college students from across the U.S. Or traveling with your professors – all expenses paid – to a major U.S. city to present your joint research findings. We believe a well-rounded education includes opportunities to travel, experience new places and stretch your comfort zone. These opportunities are here for you to grab. 

BE STRATEGIC

As a political science major, we recommend that you complete at least one internship. But some students complete more than one to explore different career options and build their résumés. We’ll help you land strategic internships geared toward your future. Our professors have national and international connections that lead to cool opportunities. Our political science students routinely obtain nationally competitive internships at places like the Justice Department, State Department, Department of Commerce and U.S. Marshals.



Denise Jansen

THINK SUCCESS

DENISE JANSEN BA WITH A MAJOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE ’09

My experiences at Northern allowed me to find success after graduation. The amazing personal and professional opportunities that ONU gave me ultimately influenced my decision to return to D.C., where I love what I do.

Denise Jansen took advantage of every opportunity that ONU provided. While majoring in political science at ONU, she was active in residence life, Greek life, Model UN and music groups. She went on a mission trip to Mexico, performed in Chicago with the ONU Symphony Orchestra, presented a paper in St. Louis, and deliberated in New York City with the Model UN team. She also interned with Washington Strategic Consulting, a lobbying firm, one summer, becoming the first intern to organize the firm’s pro bono Capitol Hill Day. She also interned for the Ohio Democratic Party at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Today, she’s loving her role as international communication strategist with the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • No political science program across the country has been honored with the outstanding chapter designation more times than our own by the national office of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society.
  • In the past five years, our Mock Trial team garnered 45 individual or team awards at various competitions in the Midwest, while our Model UN team has recently earned honorable mention and outstanding position paper awards at regional and national competitions.
  • In the last five years, 94 percent of our graduates were either employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

COURSES

Here are some courses you’ll take as a Political science major:

  • Campaigns and Elections
  • International Law and Organizations
  • Public Health Policy
  • Film and Politics
  • Human Rights
  • Constitutional Law and Government

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

Possible Jobs:

  • Business analyst
  • Campaign worker
  • Chamber of commerce manager
  • City manager
  • Communications Director
  • Community relations director
  • Congressional aide

Post-graduate study:

  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • Indiana University
  • Syracuse University
  • The Ohio State University

ALUMNI SUCCESS

Check out where some of our recent political science graduates have ended up: Deputy Press Secretary, Office of the Governor Attorney, Ohio Attorney General’s Office Legislative Aide, Ohio House of Representatives Judge Advocate General, US Army Annual Fund and Communications Associate, Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.

Department of History, Politics, and Justice

Dorothy Brown

419-772-2090
d-brown.5@onu.edu
Hill 204
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed