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 a student in our political science degree program, you can expect to challenge and be challenged.

Current students pair their political science major with:

4-Year Undergraduate Degree

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About Our Political Science Major in Northeast Ohio

Our political science degree program aims to lay the foundation for students to intellectually make political decisions and develop the mindset to be successful. Students will learn a combination of skills in and out of the classroom that will help them develop tactics that will be essential for years to come.

Political Science Degree 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 pursuing their political science degree at Hiram College develop habits, skills, and an appropriate disposition about politics and connect it with careful reading of closely reasoned textual material. 

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Explore Various Career Paths for Political Science Majors

When you choose our northeast Ohio political science major, there are diverse career paths you can take following graduation. Our students work in varied sectors, including:

  • State government
  • Local government
  • U.S. national government
  • Political campaigns
  • Foundations
  • Nonprofits
  • Advocacy groups
  • Think tanks

Immediately upon graduation or after working for a while, most political science graduates go forward into graduate education. Whether our political science degree graduates move forward to law school, or to achieve their master’s or Ph.D. in programs in political science, public policy, or public administration, Hiram College will give them the strong foundation they need.

Mackenzie Flaherty

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 and to positively affect their community and themselves. Students develop expertise in matters such as both foreign and domestic public policy by immersing in real, hands-on scenarios.

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.

Earn Your Political Science Degree in Northeast Ohio at Hiram College

Our beautiful Hiram College campus is conveniently located in a quiet village near Akron, Youngstown, and Cleveland. One of the many benefits of our premier location is that our students are able to take advantage of all the unique offerings of each surrounding city. From trying out local restaurants to visiting landmarks, there is no shortage of things to do outside of the classroom.

Choosing our political science major at Hiram encompasses personal and professional growth through learning, engaging, and socializing. When you join the Hiram community, you will experience how our faculty works closely with students to steadily prepare them for success after graduation. With our 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, we aim to provide each student with the resources they need to be successful in our political science degree program and beyond.

Apply to Our Political Science Major Today!

If you’re ready to hit the ground running and start pursuing your political science degree in northeast Ohio, visit our application page. Beyond our political science major, you can also find more information about Hiram College and campus life by browsing our website.

We strongly encourage students to reach out with questions regarding our programs, curriculum, and campus. A member of our Admission team looks forward to speaking with you!

Political Science Degree Program Faculty

James Thompson

James Thompson, Ph.D.

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

Jugdep Chima, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science Coordinator, International Studies Major

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