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Political Science

Political science is the study of politics and government, both in the United States and around the world. Political science majors develop strong research and analytical skills while exploring topics such as the philosophies on which governments have been founded, the ways in which citizens affect and are affected by their governments and relationships within the international community.

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Quick Info

Program Code

15BA-POL

Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s), Research

Duration

4 years

Admission Criteria

Open

Location

Main Campus
ACT
22.0 - 27.0
SAT
1060 - 1190

Department

Political Science
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Contact

1121 Crosley Tower
PO Box 210375
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0375
Ivan Ivanov
Email: ivan.ivanov@uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-3318

Student Success Factors

Political science majors typically possess (or are willing to develop) the strong analytical skills necessary for interpreting and evaluating arguments. Most like to read and succeed when asked to work independently. Political science students also enjoy vigorous in-class discussion and like to apply their learning to real-world problems as well as to theoretical concerns. Consequently, political science majors enjoy researching and debating different points of view on wide-ranging issues involving politics and public affairs.

Career Possibilities

Like students who graduate with other liberal arts majors, graduates with a BA in political science are prepared for many different career options. While many political science majors use their degree to prepare for law school and eventual legal careers, other students establish careers in:

  • state, local and federal government
  • party politics
  • secondary education
  • public relations
  • journalism

Majors also pursue graduate degrees in political science, becoming professors and researchers in colleges and universities.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The department offers a wide range of courses designed to equip the student with basic and advanced information about political life in this country and abroad; conceptual, communication and methodological skills; normative and analytic theories with which to study contemporary and emerging public issues; and an awareness of how political science relates to the other social sciences and the humanities.

The department's own graduate program contributes to undergraduate teaching and learning. Majors belong to the Political Science Student Association, the undergraduate chapter of the Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha and have participated in mock trial competitions, model United Nations simulations and Naval Academy conferences. Many students do internships in a variety of governmental, political or legal positions.

UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) provides flexible degree requirements to allow for and encourage multiple areas of study. Free electives allow students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.

  • Anthropology
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • International human rights
  • Journalism
  • Languages or area studies
  • Psychology
  • Security studies
  • Sociology

Minor Details

Students minoring in political science must complete a total of 21 hours with no less than a 2.0 grade point average.

 

I. Four Introductory Courses (12 hours from the following):

POL 1010                 Introduction to American Politics
POL 1040                 Introduction to Political Theory

POL 1060                 Introduction to Comparative Politics

POL 1080                 Introduction to International Relations


II. Six Upper Level Courses (9 hours in Political Science at the 2000-level and above)

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Curriculum

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Political Science Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    A&S College Core Requirements
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar Course (if admitted freshman year), 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, DC, 10 - 12
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Course (not POL), SS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Courses, NS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) Course, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, 3
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    Political Science Major Requirements
    • POL1010, Introduction to American Politics, HP, SS, 3
    • POL1040, Introduction to Political Theory, SE, SS, 3
    • POL1060, Introduction to Comparative Politics, DC, SS, 3
    • POL1080, Introduction to International Relations, SE, SS, 3
    • STAT1034, Elementary Statistics I, QR, 3
    • STAT1035, Elementary Statistics II, QR, 3
    • POL3000, Political Inquiry: Approaches and Methods, 3
    • POLxxxx, One course from American Politics Grouping below, 3
    • POLxxxx, One course from Political Theory Grouping below, 3
    • POLxxxx, One course from Comparative Politics group below, 3
    • POLxxxx, One course from International Relations group below, 3
    • POLxxxx, Additional POL Courses, incl. at least one 5000 or 6000 level (meets capstone), 12
    • POLxxxx, Capstone Course required - (any 5000 or 6000 level course meets requirement) see groups below for options that double count, 0
    Free Elective Hours
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives, 33 - 35
    Groupings:
    American Politics
    • POL2010, Public Opinion & American Politics, SS, 3
    • POL2011, Elections in America, SS, 3
    • POL2012, Political Parties in America, SS, 3
    • POL2014, Sports and Politics, SS, 3
    • POL2015, Women and Politics, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2016, State and Local Government, HP, SS, 3
    • POL2017, Government & Politics of Ohio, HP, SS, 3
    • POL2019, The American Presidency, SS, 3
    • POL2020, The American Congress, SS, 3
    • POL2021, American Courts + Judicial Process, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2026, Introduction to Public Administration, SS, 3
    • POL3013, Political Psychology, 3
    • POL3015, Religion & Politics, 3
    • POL3016, Polls, Elections, and American Politics, 3
    • POL3021, Constitutional Law: Federal System, 3
    • POL3022, Constitutional Law: Civil Rights + Liberties, 3
    • POL3034, Emergency Management Policy & Administration, 3
    • POL4010, Individual Work: American Politics, 1 - 4
    • POL6015, Polls, Elections, and Public Opinion, 3 - 4
    • POL6036, Intergovernmental Relations, 3 - 4
    Political Theory
    • POL2040, Development of Political Thought, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2045, American Political Thought, SE, SS, 3
    • POL3041, Marx and the Marxist Tradition, 3
    • POL3043, Citizenship and Terrorism, 3
    • POL3046, State Theory, 3
    • POL4040, Individual Work: Political Theory, 1 - 4
    Comparative Politics
    • POL2063, Politics of China, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2064, Politics of South Asia, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2065, Politics of Latin America, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2069, Politics of Developing Countries, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2071, Politics of the Middle East, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2074, Politics of Russia, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2077, Politics of Europe, DC, SS, 3
    • POL3060, Comparative Political Analysis, 3
    • POL3061, Knowledge is power, 3
    • POL3062, Global religion and politics, DC, SS, 3
    • POL3063, Politics on film, 3
    • POL3076, Politics of the European Union, 3
    • POL4060, Individual Work: Comparative Politics, 1 - 4
    • POL6061, Power and Democracy, 3 - 4
    • POL6064, South Asia and the world, 3 - 4
    • POL6065, Women and sustainable development, 3 - 4
    • POL6068, Nation, race, identity, 3 - 4
    • POL6076, The New Europe, 3 - 4
    • POL6077, Europe vs America: Challenges in Trans-Atlantic Relations, 3 - 4
    International Relations
    • POL2080, America and the World, SS, 3
    • POL2081, Globalization and Politics, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2082, US Foreign Policy: Institutions, Process, and Policy, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2083, US National Security: Institutions, Process, and Policy, TI, SS, 3
    • POL2084, US Political Intelligence/Counterintelligence, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2085, Terrorism and Insurgency, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2088, International Law and Organization, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2089, International Human Rights, SE, SS, 3
    • POL3080, Approaches to International Politics, 3
    • POL3081, Politics of Global Economic Affairs, 3
    • POL3082, Alignment and Alliances in International Relations, 3
    • POL3083, China and the World, 3
    • POL3084, International Relations of East Asia, 3
    • POL3086, Security and Conflict in Asia, 3
    • POL3087, Regional Politics in Asia, 3
    • POL3090, Conflict in International Relations, 3
    • POL3093, Nuclear Proliferation and Arms Control, SS, 3
    • POL4080, Individual Work: International Relations, 1 - 4
    • POL6080, International Cooperation, 3 - 4
    • POL6083, China and America: Challenges and Opportunities, 3 - 4
    • POL6084, International Crisis Decisionmaking, 3 - 4
    • POL6086, Asian Security, 3 - 4
    • POL6093, Nuclear Proliferation, Arms Control, and International Security, 3 - 4
    Optional Electives
    • POL4090, Internship Practicum, 3
    • POL5000, Senior Thesis I, 2 - 3
    • POL5001, Senior Thesis II, 2 - 3

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Political Science Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    A&S College Core Requirements
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar Course (if admitted freshman year), 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, DC, 10 - 12
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Course (not POL), SS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Courses, NS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) Course, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, 3
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    Political Science Major Requirements
    • POL1010, Introduction to American Politics, HP, SS, 3
    • POL1040, Introduction to Political Theory, SE, SS, 3
    • POL1060, Introduction to Comparative Politics, DC, SS, 3
    • POL1080, Introduction to International Relations, SE, SS, 3
    • STAT1034, Elementary Statistics I, QR, 3
    • STAT1035, Elementary Statistics II, QR, 3
    • POL3000, Political Inquiry: Approaches and Methods, 3
    • POLxxxx, One course from American Politics Grouping below, 3
    • POLxxxx, One course from Political Theory Grouping below, 3
    • POLxxxx, One course from Comparative Politics group below, 3
    • POLxxxx, One course from International Relations group below, 3
    • POLxxxx, Additional POL Courses, incl. at least one 5000 or 6000 level (meets capstone), 12
    • POLxxxx, Capstone Course required - (any 5000 or 6000 level course meets requirement) see groups below for options that double count, 0
    Free Elective Hours
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives, 33 - 35
    Groupings:
    American Politics
    • POL2010, Public Opinion & American Politics, SS, 3
    • POL2011, Elections in America, SS, 3
    • POL2012, Political Parties in America, SS, 3
    • POL2013, Democratic Citizenship, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2014, Sports and Politics, SS, 3
    • POL2015, Women and Politics, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2016, State and Local Government, HP, SS, 3
    • POL2017, Government & Politics of Ohio, HP, SS, 3
    • POL2018, Interest Group Politics and Lobbying, SS, 3
    • POL2019, The American Presidency, SS, 3
    • POL2020, The American Congress, SS, 3
    • POL2021, American Courts + Judicial Process, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2026, Introduction to Public Administration, SS, 3
    • POL2031, Environmental Policy, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2035, Cybersecurity: National and International Strategy and Policy, TI, SS, 3
    • POL2055, Win! How to Use Politics to Achieve Your Personal and Organizational Agenda, SS, 3
    • POL3013, Political Psychology, 3
    • POL3015, Religion & Politics, 3
    • POL3016, Polls, Elections, and American Politics, 3
    • POL3021, Constitutional Law: Federal System, 3
    • POL3022, Constitutional Law: Civil Rights + Liberties, 3
    • POL3034, Emergency Management Policy & Administration, 3
    • POL4010, Individual Work: American Politics, 1 - 4
    • POL5035C, Cyberattack Red Team Collaborative Seminar, 3
    • POL6011, Politics and the Public, 3 - 4
    • POL6015, Polls, Elections, and Public Opinion, 3 - 4
    • POL6036, Intergovernmental Relations, 3 - 4
    Political Theory
    • POL2040, Development of Political Thought, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2045, American Political Thought, SE, SS, 3
    • POL3041, Marx and the Marxist Tradition, 3
    • POL3043, Citizenship and Terrorism, 3
    • POL3044, Social & Political Philosophy, SE, HU, 3
    • POL3046, State Theory, 3
    • POL4040, Individual Work: Political Theory, 1 - 4
    Comparative Politics
    • POL2063, Politics of China, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2064, Politics of South Asia, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2065, Politics of Latin America, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2066, Indian Politics and Society, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2069, Politics of Developing Countries, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2071, Politics of the Middle East, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2072, Iran: Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2074, Politics of Russia, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2077, Politics of Europe, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2078, Japan: Society, Government and the Economy, DC, SS, 3
    • POL3009, Water Justice, DC, SE, 3
    • POL3012, Multicultural Politics and Women's Rights, DC, SS, 3
    • POL3031, Sustainable Development, 3
    • POL3037, Women and Global Issues, DC, SS, 3
    • POL3060, Comparative Political Analysis, 3
    • POL3061, Knowledge is power, 3
    • POL3062, Global religion and politics, DC, SS, 3
    • POL3063, Politics on film, 3
    • POL3069, South Asian Women: Politics, Culture, Identity, DC, SS, 3
    • POL3076, Politics of the European Union, 3
    • POL4060, Individual Work: Comparative Politics, 1 - 4
    • POL6061, Power and Democracy, 3 - 4
    • POL6064, South Asia and the world, 3 - 4
    • POL6065, Women and sustainable development, 3 - 4
    • POL6068, Nation, race, identity, 3 - 4
    • POL6076, The New Europe, 3 - 4
    • POL6077, Europe vs America: Challenges in Trans-Atlantic Relations, 3 - 4
    International Relations
    • POL2080, America and the World, SS, 3
    • POL2081, Globalization and Politics, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2082, US Foreign Policy: Institutions, Process, and Policy, DC, SS, 3
    • POL2083, US National Security: Institutions, Process, and Policy, TI, SS, 3
    • POL2084, US Political Intelligence/Counterintelligence, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2085, Terrorism and Insurgency, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2086, Economic Globalization, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2088, International Law and Organization, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2089, International Human Rights, SE, SS, 3
    • POL2090, America and Asia, SE, SS, 3
    • POL3033, Global Biodiversity: Law and Policy, 3
    • POL3080, Approaches to International Politics, 3
    • POL3081, Politics of Global Economic Affairs, 3
    • POL3082, Alignment and Alliances in International Relations, 3
    • POL3083, China and the World, 3
    • POL3084, International Relations of East Asia, 3
    • POL3085, American Grand Strategy, SS, 3
    • POL3086, Security and Conflict in Asia, 3
    • POL3087, Regional Politics in Asia, 3
    • POL3089, Ethics, Violence, and War, SE, SS, 3
    • POL3090, Conflict in International Relations, 3
    • POL3091, War and Security, SS, 3
    • POL3093, Nuclear Proliferation and Arms Control, SS, 3
    • POL4080, Individual Work: International Relations, 1 - 4
    • POL6080, International Cooperation, 3 - 4
    • POL6083, China and America: Challenges and Opportunities, 3 - 4
    • POL6084, International Crisis Decisionmaking, 3 - 4
    • POL6086, Asian Security, 3 - 4
    • POL6089, The Politics of Humanitarian Intervention, 3 - 4
    • POL6093, Nuclear Proliferation, Arms Control, and International Security, 3 - 4
    Optional Electives
    • POL4004, Feminist Methods & Methodologies, 3
    • POL4090, Internship Practicum, 3
    • POL5000, Senior Thesis I, 2 - 3
    • POL5001, Senior Thesis II, 2 - 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

University of Cincinnati 3 + 3 Law School Admissions

This major welcomes eligible students who would like to earn a bachelor’s degree and a UC law degree in just six years, saving a year of tuition and time over the traditional path to becoming a lawyer. Students will receive careful advising to complete their major and A&S core degree requirements in 3 years. More information is available here.

Students in UC's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

 

 

Special Programs

Political science majors benefit from the active research mission of the department, including not only faculty scholarship but also a vibrant graduate program, both of which enhance the learning environment for undergraduates. In conjunction with the political science major, the department administers certificate programs in security studies (international and homeland security) and international human rights. The department also enjoys long-standing research excellence in political behavior, public opinion polling, survey research and other areas of American politics.

Political science majors belong to the Political Science Student Association and the undergraduate chapters of the national law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta and the national honor society in political science Pi Sigma Alpha.

Students are also eligible to apply for grants for research and travel from The Charles Phelps Taft Research Center.

Special programs include honors, independent study, internships, credit for approved field projects in the metropolitan area and competitive congressional internships in Washington, D.C. 

 

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

 

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

 

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.