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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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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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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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The U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at the University of Dayton is among the oldest operating programs in the country — and with so much history, a local student decided to bring it to life.

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Students and Campus Life 03.08.19
UD Student Named Newman Civic Scholar

University of Dayton political science major Delali Nenonene has been selected for the esteemed Newman Civic Fellows program for his demonstrated leadership capacity and investment in solving public problems.

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