Political science is often described as the study of who gets what, when and how. Others think of it as the study of power. At the University of Dayton, however, political science concerns more. Politics also tackles important philosophical, ethical, economic and cultural issues.
When should power be exercised? How can people, institutions and communities be organized to meet their goals for the common good? As a political science major, you will acquire the knowledge to answer these types of questions and gain the leadership skills to act on them.
We are committed to providing you with a strong background in political science, supported by courses in other fields. To ensure you are prepared to both lead and serve in your profession, community and the world, you'll take academically challenging courses and apply your knowledge through real-world learning.
Our flexible liberal arts curriculum allows you to personalize your education and meet your career objectives by selecting a second major, minor or area of concentration in a related discipline.
In order to prepare you for work in our global society, you will also complete a language requirement. You may satisfy the requirement by taking a proficiency examination, completing an intermediate-level language course or participating in an approved education abroad experience.
If you are interested in teaching at the secondary level, you can acquire teacher licensure through the E-11 program. This program, established by the School of Education and Allied Professions for students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, leads to a Bachelor of Arts with a major in political science and Ohio licensure to teach in grades seven through 12.
For more information, visit the Department of Political Science website.
Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".
A variety of opportunities are available to students majoring in political science. Whether you're curious what career opportunities await you; what internships, research projects or student clubs are available; or who your professors will be, we can help you find the answers.