Hiram College

Political Science Major

Traditional Undergraduate

Politics: Beyond the Party Lines

Do you want to go beyond the standard political ideologies to explore a trans-partisan perspective on politics? Learn how to leave your political leanings behind so you can thoughtfully consider and explore the documents and textual materials that make up much of our human history.

Who Are Hiram’s Political Science Students?

Hiram’s political science majors are responsible, open-minded, confident and intellectually demanding, and they understand the philosophical dimension of political discourse. As one of them, you can expect to challenge and be challenged.

About the Political Science Program

The political science major is rigorous, philosophical, and practical. According to Professor John Koritansky, the major is highly intellectual, “…more rooted in books, articles, public documents and state papers that present arguments than is true of most programs at other schools.” As a student, you will develop the habits, skills, and appropriate disposition to think about politics in connection with careful reading of closely reasoned textual material. You can easily pair the political science major with a minor in philosophy, history, communication, sociology or environmental studies, or another minor that matches your interests.

A Career-Focused Political Science Degree

You will develop a trans-partisan perspective on politics, meaning you are ready to solve social and political challenges pragmatically, transcending party lines. Hiram’s political science degree graduates do well in graduate programs in political science and related fields, law school, and professional situations where people skills are at a premium.

For more details about the political science degree requirements, visit the program page. If you have any questions about the political science program, request more information.

Major Declaration Writing Prompt

Students declaring the political science major are required to write a ‘major declaration personal statement‘ as a part of the Hiram Connect initiative.


Douglas M. Brattebo Headshot

Douglas M. Brattebo, Ph.D., J.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science
Director, James A. Garfield Center for the Study of the American Presidency

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