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Political Science


Our students are taught by an outstanding array of scholar-teachers in areas of inquiry that include American politics, public law, public administration, international relations, comparative politics, public policy, environmental politics, urban politics, and political theory.

We offer a B.A. in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration (MPA). MPA students also enjoy instruction from experienced practitioners in the field of public administration. Our students go on to many of the most prestigious law schools and graduate programs in the country, and enjoy important careers in both the public and private sectors.

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B.A. in Political Science
We offer a B.A. and a minor in Political Science, and we are committed to providing you with a strong background in political science, supported by courses in other fields.
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B.A. in Political Science and Communication, Healthcare Administration

This unique program focuses on community health, policy and communication, to prepare students for work in a complex, growing, and important sector of society.

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Master of Public Administration
Our MPA Program prepares responsible public-servant leaders who advance the common good by working to improve the quality of public service locally, nationally, and globally.
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Nonprofit and Community Leadership Certificate

The Nonprofit & Community Leadership graduate certificate is designed for students considering careers in the nonprofit community sector, those interested in developing their leadership capacity, and students interested in community service and public life.

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Bachelor + Master Program
With UD's Bachelor's Plus Master's (BPM) program, you can earn your bachelor's degree and a master's degree at an accelerated pace - often completing your master's degree within just one year of earning your bachelor's degree.
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Campus and Community 10.01.20
University of Dayton student initiative helping to register and engage students for big election

A University of Dayton student-led initiative is working to register students and get out the vote for Election Day, Nov. 3.

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Faculty 08.25.20
College Faculty in the News: August 25, 2020

Assistant Professor Christopher Devine, Department of Political Science, has spoken to numerous local, national and international news agencies about the upcoming presidential election. Follow his quotes and comments, as well as other recent media coverage of the service, research, scholarship and commentary of College of Arts and Sciences programs and their faculty.

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Experiential Learning 07.21.20
University of Dayton students work virtual internships for Ohio Statehouse offices

University of Dayton Flyers running back Richie Warfield is working this summer as an intern for the office of Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted ’89, who earned All-American honors as a cornerback and kick returner for the Flyers, and was a starter on UD's 1989 NCAA Division III national championship football team.

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