Hiram College

political science

Political science is an academic discipline concerned with the theory and practice of politics—that is, the authoritative allocation of resources, values, and power within a society or between countries. This includes the processes, principles and structure of government and political institutions within a country, or the nature of the international political system.

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John Koritansky, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science, Chair/Pre-Law

opportunities to thrive

The political science department at Hiram College is divided into four sub-fields: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics and Political Philosophy. Political science students can benefit from both the Garfield Center for Public Leadership, which helps students develop expertise in foreign and domestic public policy in preparation for leadership positions with corporate, government and non-profit organizations, and also the Garfield Center for the Study of the American Presidency.

The department strongly encourages students to participate in off-campus internships, commonly at government offices, non-profit organizations, research institutions and law firms. Every year a number of students serve as interns on Capitol Hill, in the offices of Senators and Congressional Representatives. After graduating, alumni of the department have pursued careers in the private sector, as well as in the fields of government, law and education.