Statehouse Civic Scholars
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Welcome to the Department of Political Science.

The Department of Political Science offers the B.A. with a Major in Political Science, the B.A. with a Major in Human Rights Studies, and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA). Students majoring in political science 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, political theory and more.

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.

The Human Rights Studies program is an integrated program grounded in traditional liberal arts. A multi-disciplined faculty is assembled from the departments or programs of Communication, Criminal Justice Studies, Economics, History, Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology. All are guided by a strong commitment to the dignity of all people.

Graduation Day

Keep up with world trends through education.

The Department of Political Science offers the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Human Rights Studies. Minors in political science and human rights studies are also offered. In addition to our undergraduate programs, we offer the Master in Public Administration.

Learn more about the MPA Program >>

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Diverse career choices.

A degree in political science can lead to careers in federal, state and local governments, law, business, international organizations, nonprofit associations and organizations, campaign management and polling, journalism, precollegiate education, electoral politics, research and university and college teaching. 

Student Orgs in the Plaza

Think outside the classroom.

Political Science majors can choose from several curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experience.

student research

Research: exciting opportunities for both faculty and students.

The work of our faculty makes possible the distinctive education in the liberal arts and sciences that our graduates attain. All of the College's achievements and aspirations spring in some way from faculty members' creativity, talent, and dedication in scholarship, teaching, and professional service.
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Get to know us.

The faculty and staff of the Department of Political Science invite you to meet us and learn what we have to offer.

Statehouse Civic Scholars: an experience for personal and professional growth.

This is an eight-week, summer residential internship opportunity in Columbus, OH. The twelve students who are selected as Statehouse Civic Scholars intern in highly desirable offices in state government, including the Ohio Statehouse, executive agencies, judiciary, interest groups, and lobbying firms. Last year's Scholars worked for the Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Speaker of the House, Office of Budget and Management, and other key legislative offices.

The Statehouse Civic Scholars Program is made possible by donor support of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Fund for Excellence, as well as grants from the AT&T Foundation, CSX Corporation and the Dayton Foundation.

Statehouse Civic Scholars receive:

  • Three hours of internship credit
  • A fellowship stipend
  • Accommodation in apartments close to the Statehouse
  • Excellent networking and mentorship opportunities

Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be full-time students at the University of Dayton. Graduating seniors are ineligible.

2014 Program

The 2014 program runs May 12 - July 3, 2013. Learn more about the program and apply from the links at right.


Contact us. Learn more.

Please contact us for more information about our programs.  We look forward to hearing from you.


Department of Political Science
University of Dayton
St. Joseph Hall Room 227B
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1425

Phone: 937-229-3626
Fax: 937-229-1400

Internships in Political Science

The Department of Political Science is committed to students furthering their education outside the classroom through internships and other experiential learning opportunities. Students are encouraged to complete at least one such experience during their undergraduate studies. Academic credit is available to students who complete internship experiences in the following broadly defined fields: political, governmental, legal, or non-profit. Additional information is available for students and agencies interested in recruiting political science interns using the links to the right.