Department of Political Science

Political Science is for, as we say, people who care to matter. That’s because our classes and our faculty study power, which affects everyone’s life, whether in the family, the workplace, business, or government. If you want to change something at Kent State, in your community, or in the world, you need to understand how power is distributed and wielded—that’s what we do here. Whether your interests lie in the fight for democratic freedoms, human rights, the global environment, racial equality, social welfare, or some other vital cause, we will help you study it and engage it.

Students in our BA program can choose a general Political Science major or from three distinct “concentrations” in order to focus their studies: American Politics, International Relations/Comparative Politics, and Public Policy. We also offer an undergraduate degree in Applied Conflict Management. Students in our MA and PhD program likewise have the three areas of concentration to choose from: American Politics, Transnational-Comparative Politics, and Conflict Analysis and Management. In addition, the department offers a Master of Public Administration (MPA) for those looking for an applied graduate degree.

We also offer unique internship programs in Columbus, Ohio, and Washington, DC, where students can gain practical and professional experience.

Our full-time faculty are committed to meeting the needs of students while expanding the frontiers of political knowledge through their research in all areas of political science. Our staff in 302 Bowman Hall is always on hand to provide more information – or to steer you in the right direction of the professor down the hall.

I hope to see you soon in one of our classrooms or at a campus event! Feel free to contact me at if you’d like more information about Poli Sci at KSU.

Andrew Barnes
Department Chairperson


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Making A Difference

Students in PoliSci are engaged in matters that affect our individual and our public lives. We study vital causes such as human rights, global environment, racial equality, social welfare, and the fight for democratic freedom.

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The Department of Political Science includes more than 25 full-time faculty. 

Our faculty excel in research, classroom instruction, and mentoring. Six of our faculty members have been recognized for their teaching excellence by winning University-wide teaching awards. All of the regular, full-time faculty teach undergraduate courses. Research productivity is evidenced by the more than 20 books produced by faculty since 2000 and the numerous articles published in the top political science and public policy journals.

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Contact Us

Phone: 330-672-2060
Fax: 330-672-3362

Dr. Andrew Barnes

Dr. Julie Mazzei

Dr. Patrick Coy

Dr. Ryan Claassen

Dr. Mark Cassell