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Political Science

Welcome to the Department of 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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Faculty and Staff

Our faculty are a diverse group of scholars.

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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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Experiential Learning 05.05.20
Five University of Dayton students and alumni awarded Fulbright scholarships

Teaching English in South Korea through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program has special meaning for University of Dayton alumnus Will Landers ’19, who is one of five University students and recent alumni to receive 2020-21 Fulbright awards.

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Students and Campus Life 09.17.19
Summer Institute Scholar

University of Dayton senior Willow Lopez participated in the 2019 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute where she focused on her research into sexual violence in U.S.-Mexico border communities, and was selected to present her work in August at the American Political Science Association conference in Washington, D.C.

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