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Political Science

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Political science is often described as the study of who gets what, when and how. Others think of it as the study of power. At the University of Dayton, however, political science concerns more. Politics also tackles important philosophical, ethical, economic and cultural issues.

When should power be exercised? How can people, institutions and communities be organized to meet their goals for the common good? As a political science major, you will acquire the knowledge to answer these types of questions and gain the leadership skills to act on them.

Program Details

For over seventy years, the Department of Political Science has provided educational opportunities for University of Dayton undergraduate students who have gone on to become leaders in the worlds of politics, business, law, education and the public and non-profit sectors. Starting with only two faculty members in 1938, the Department of Political Science has grown to sixteen full-time faculty members. The department has over 200 undergraduate majors pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in political science or human rights studies who take courses in American government, comparative government, international relations, research methods, political theory, law, public administration, human rights and public policy. 

For more than forty years, the department has also offered a master's degree in public administration. This program has provided numerous public sector professionals for the City of Dayton, Montgomery County and the greater Miami Valley. The MPA is a 39 hour program which includes five core courses to introduce students to the field and seven courses in which students construct a program to meet their professional and personal needs. 

Program Outcomes

We are committed to providing you with a strong background in political science, supported by courses in other fields. To ensure you are prepared to both lead and serve in your profession, community and the world, you'll take academically challenging courses and apply your knowledge through real-world learning.

Our flexible liberal arts curriculum allows you to personalize your education and meet your career objectives by selecting a second major, minor or area of concentration in a related discipline.

In order to prepare you for work in our global society, you will also complete a language requirement. You may satisfy the requirement by taking a proficiency examination, completing an intermediate-level language course or participating in an approved education abroad experience.

If you are interested in teaching at the secondary level, you can acquire teacher licensure through the E-11 program. This program, established by the School of Education and Health Sciences for students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, leads to a Bachelor of Arts with a major in political science and Ohio licensure to teach in grades seven through 12.

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Department of Political Science

St. Joseph Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1425