Political Science Degree

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.

Current students pair Political Science with:

  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Communication
  • Performing Arts
  • Crime, Law & Justice
  • Environmental Studies

4-Year Undergraduate Degree

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About the Program

Program Summary

The political science major is rigorous, philosophical, and practical.  According to Professor Emeritus 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.”

Students develop habits, skills, and appropriate disposition about politics and connect it with careful reading of closely reasoned textual material. 

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Career Paths

  • After graduation, students work in multiple sectors including state, local, U.S. national government (plus political campaigns), foundations, nonprofits, advocacy groups, and think tanks.
  • Immediately upon graduation or after working for a while, most Political Science graduates go forward into graduate education, whether law school or master’s or Ph.D. programs in political science, public policy, or public administration.

MACKENZIE FLAHERTY ’22 | Political Science Major

“I look forward to incredibly meaningful discussions about the state of our country and what that really means for us as citizens.”

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Ways to Get involved

The Garfield Center for Public Leadership focuses on preparing students to assume public leadership roles, to positively affect their community and themselves.

In the spirit of James A. Garfield, the Center helps both the political and the apolitical explore public service in a process replete with opportunities on and off campus.


James Thompson

James Thompson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of the James A. Garfield Center for Public Leadership

Jugdep Chima, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science Coordinator, International Studies Major
Christine Semety

Christine Semety

Administrative Assistant to the School of Arts, Humanities & Politics; Administrative Assistant to the School of Health, Education, Sustainability & Society

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