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What is political science?

In Political Science, you learn to think independently, communicate effectively, understand complex social structures, and function effectively in a multicultural world.

Why political science at OSU?

At OSU, we prepare you for the study of the American government. Comparative politics allows you to study the domestic policies of countries around the world. International Relations introduces you to relations between countries, including foreign policy, conflict, trade and foreign aid. Political Theory supports classical and contemporary writing on politics, authority, liberty, citizenship, justice, rights, law and civic ethics.

Career paths

The particular emphasis of a political science education uniquely prepares one of knowledgeable and effective citizenship at all levels of the political system. A political science major gives you the basic skills that are adaptable to an ever-changing job market. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields:

 

 

3+3Law option

for early admission to have the opportunity to complete your law degree in 6 years.

Highlights

In Political Science, you learn to think independently, communicate effectively, understand complex social structures, and function effectively in a multicultural world. You further refine your expertise by focusing on one of the four major subfields within the political science major:

  1. American Politics prepares you for the study of current and classical work on the American government.
  2. Comparative politics allows you to study and compare the domestic policies of countries around the world.
  3. International Relations introduces you to the study of relations between countries, including such topics as foreign policy, conflict, trade and foreign aid.
  4. Political Theory supports your study of classical and contemporary writing on politics, authority, liberty, citizenship, justice, rights, law and civic ethics.

Courses to expect for this major include Intro to World Politics, The Individual And the Law, and American Presidency.

Opportunities

  • Major subfield options within the political science major
  • American Politics - the study of current and classical work on the American government
  • Comparative Politics - the study and comparison of domestic politics in countries around the world
  • International Relations - the study of relations between countries, including such topics as foreign policy, conflict, trade and foreign aid
  • Political Theory - the study of classical and contemporary writing on politics, authority, liberty, citizenship, justice, rights, law and civic ethics

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