A Powerful Way to Learn

Are you a natural leader with an interest in politics or government? Consider the Political Science Program at Ashland University.

Contact Us

Department Chair

Chris Burkett
Chair of the Department of History and Political Science
129 Andrews
419.289.5686
cburket1@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

COURSE ROTATIONS & FOUR YEAR GUIDES

Undergraduate Catalogs

Current Academic Year
Political Science Course Rotation
Political Science Four-Year Guide

Core Curriculum

Interesting courses you may take include:

  • Ancient Political Thought. Study ancient political thought, whose central concern is the search for the best regime – the one that most cultivates human excellence. Political philosophy is an important part of almost all of our classes and our emphasis on it is one of the things that most distinguishes us from other programs.

  • The Presidency and Congress. Examine the nation’s Chief Executive and law-making body. Topics include the constitutional sources and framework for executive and legislative action, including conflict and cooperation of the President with Congress, the historical development of these branches of government and contemporary issues in the legislative-executive process.

  • International Relations. Study how and why countries fight wars and make and maintain peace. The course draws on both historical and contemporary examples, examines the writings of theorists and the speeches and deeds of leading statesmen.

  • Constitutional Powers. Explore the American constitutional framework for the exercise of governmental power, with particular emphasis on the role of the Supreme Court in articulating that framework.

Contact Us

Department Chair

Chris Burkett
Chair of the Department of History and Political Science
129 Andrews
419.289.5686
cburket1@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

COURSE ROTATIONS & FOUR YEAR GUIDES

Undergraduate Catalogs

Current Academic Year
Political Science Course Rotation
Political Science Four-Year Guide

Core Curriculum

Interesting courses you may take include:

  • Ancient Political Thought. Study ancient political thought, whose central concern is the search for the best regime – the one that most cultivates human excellence. Political philosophy is an important part of almost all of our classes and our emphasis on it is one of the things that most distinguishes us from other programs.

  • The Presidency and Congress. Examine the nation’s Chief Executive and law-making body. Topics include the constitutional sources and framework for executive and legislative action, including conflict and cooperation of the President with Congress, the historical development of these branches of government and contemporary issues in the legislative-executive process.

  • International Relations. Study how and why countries fight wars and make and maintain peace. The course draws on both historical and contemporary examples, examines the writings of theorists and the speeches and deeds of leading statesmen.

  • Constitutional Powers. Explore the American constitutional framework for the exercise of governmental power, with particular emphasis on the role of the Supreme Court in articulating that framework.

What to Expect in the Political Science Program

When you major in Political Science, you’ll learn how to think clearly, analyze thoroughly, and communicate your thoughts out loud and on paper. You’ll examine the great questions of justice and empire, freedom and tyranny, and war and peace. And you’ll read and discuss original texts and personal speeches by the world’s greatest political philosophers and statesmen. And finally, you won’t work from a textbook—you’ll openly discuss your thoughts and perspectives in a seminar-style class environment with professors who challenge you to think deeper.

Political Science Program Benefits

In this program, you’ll:

  • Study original texts to discover the truth for yourself, rather than having it served to you in a textbook

  • Learn from quality professors who are experts in their field and mentor you throughout your coursework, thesis, and research

  • Uniquely learn through a conversational, seminar discussion format that invites sharing rather than lectures

  • Attend prestigious events with regarded political minds sponsored by the renowned Ashbrook Center, which has previously hosted notable public figures including Ronald Reagan, Colin Powell, Margaret Thatcher, Henry Kissinger, William Bennett, and others

  • Attend a biannual study abroad trip to take your learning overseas

  • Gain irreplaceable real world experience through numerous internship opportunities

  • Prepare for graduate school by writing your senior thesis under the expert guidance of a faculty member

Honor Society

Pi Sigma Alpha is an academic honor society for students majoring in Political Science.

Political Science Career Outlook

A degree in Political Science allows you to enter a wide range of careers and is excellent preparation for graduate school. Career opportunities our program graduates pursue include:

  • Legislative aide

  • Agency specialist for governmental offices such as Environmental Protection, Social Security, Federal Emergency Management and others

  • Lobbyist

  • Researcher

  • Political journalist

  • State executive office staff

  • City/county official

  • Reporter

Intramural Sports

Intramural Sports