Department of Political Science | Kent State University

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 abarnes3@kent.edu if you’d like more information about Poli Sci at KSU.

Andrew Barnes
Department Chairperson


 

Image of a coffee mug with the text "be the change you wish to see in the world... ~ghandi

Making A Difference

Students of political science engage matters that affect our individual and collective well-being. Our focus as a field is finding answers for how we can help solve challenges facing whole communities: human rights, the environment, racial equality, social welfare, access to a democratic system. Our focus as a department is to empower our students, so that they can help their communities, be they local or global, addressing these and other issues as professionals well beyond our campus.

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Faculty

The Department of Political Science benefits from more than twenty full-time faculty members who excel in classroom instruction, research, and mentoring. Six of our faculty members have been recognized for their teaching excellence by winning University-wide teaching awards.

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Fashioning Your Future

Our curriculum is designed to help students develop advanced writing, presentation, research design, and analysis skills, making them competitive across a range of professions. Concentrations allow students to focus their studies or pursue a more general degree. Our 15-credit, semester-long internship programs in Columbus and D.C. and 3-credit option for local internships allow students to apprentice in the professional world. Finally, alumni in the private and public sectors across the country and around the globe provide students with access to a network of professionals, ready to offer advice.

Contact Us

Email: polisci@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-2060
Fax: 330-672-3362

DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON
Dr. Andrew Barnes

UNDERGRADUATE COORDINATOR
Dr. Joshua Stacher

APPLIED CONFLICT MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR
Dr. Patrick Coy

GRADUATE COORDINATOR
Dr. Julie Mazzei

MPA COORDINATOR
Dr. Daniel Hawes