Undergraduate Programs | Department of Political Science | Kent State University

Political Science is a dynamic field of study that prepares undergraduates for a range of professional careers.

We offer a major in political science with four concentrations (American Politics, International Relations/Comparative Politics, Public Policy, and a general major), as well as a minor, and a major in International Relations. Regardless of the field of study, students in political science classrooms benefit from enhancing critical thinking, writing, and analysis skills. These in-demand skills make our students competitive in an increasingly global job market, as many of our alumni illustrate.

"It was my political science background that taught me to interrogate processes..., that developed my ability to form logical arguments and be able to communicate those ideas. And it was this background that honed my drive to be involved in a policy setting process. The skills that you develop as a political science major are very applicable in the corporate world.” ~ Kevin Hogan, Sr. Risk Manager, '10 bachelor of political science

Our faculty members are experts in their respective fields, well-published scholars, and dedicated to mentoring. Students benefit from professors who are able to bring their own research  and experiences into the classroom, demonstrating the ways in which the concepts covered in the classroom help us understand “real world” politics. Faculty members also use their expertise in advising and mentoring students. Undergraduates are assigned a faculty advisor, who can address questions regarding course selection, academic success, and plans beyond college including graduate school or career development. Our Undergraduate Coordinator advises students with questions about academic progress, the major or minor, and general university requirements.

Finally, the Political Science Department boasts two in-house, semester-long, 15 credit hour internship programs. The Columbus Program in Intergovernmental Issues and the Washington Program in National Issues  take students to live, learn and intern in Columbus in the fall and Washington, D.C. in the spring. These competitive programs welcome applicants of any major, and offer our students incomparable experience working in their field.