Those interested in the questions of goodness, justice, leadership and virtue will thrive in Ashland University’s Political Science program. As a Political Science major, you will learn to think clearly, analyze thoroughly and communicate effectively in person and on paper. You will examine the questions of freedom and tyranny, peace and war and truth and justice. Your professors will help you encounter ideas from the past and present that can help us answer life’s bigger questions. You will be encouraged to voice your thoughts rather than recite words from open textbooks or repeat back the thoughts of your professors. In doing so, you will learn to lead others and become the human being and citizen you were meant to be.
Most students who major or minor in political science become Ashbrook Scholars through the Ashbrook Center. This prestigious scholarship is awarded to exceptional students of History, Political Science and Political Economy. Recipients gain access to a national network of political scholars and exclusive internship opportunities.
You may also apply for membership in Pi Sigma Alpha. This national honor society recognizes distinguished students of Political Science and provides prestigious educational, internship and career advancement opportunities. At AU, members plan events and have opportunities for leadership roles.
The Political Science program promotes free thinking and effective communication through the study of government, both old and new. You may find yourself in interesting classes such as:
- Ancient Political Thought: Study ancient political philosophy and its standing impact on the modern world, namely the cultivation of human excellence.
- The Presidency and Congress: Examine the Executive and Legislative branches of the United States government. Topics include the purpose and methods of executive and legislative action, conflict and cooperation between the President and Congress and the historical development and modern usage of the executive and legislative process.
- International Relations: Study the origins of and reasons for war and peace, both ancient and contemporary, and the theories, speeches and deeds of those who lead the charge.
- Constitutional Powers: Explore the American constitutional framework, with an emphasis on the role of the Supreme Court and the governmental power they utilize to preserve that framework.
Specific courses required in the Political Science program include:
- Understanding Politics
- Democracy in America
- Western Political Thought I
- Human Being & Citizen
- Study of a language of your choice
After graduation, you can continue your education in a graduate program or pursue a variety of career opportunities. Possible positions include:
- State/County/City Official
- Legislative Aide
- Executive Office Staff
- Political Journalist
- Government Agency Specialist
- Corporate leadership
- Non-Profit leadership