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Political Science - B.A.

Kent State University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Kent
Fall

Kent
Spring

Program description

Political Science - B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science empowers students to be engaged global citizens and informed consumers of information who are competitive in a range of careers. Graduates work in the public and private sectors across the United States and around the globe. Many also go on to graduate programs or to law school.

Students in the major are provided internship and study abroad opportunities, including two semester-long, 15-credit hour internship programs, one in Washington, D.C., and one in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, the Department of Political Science offers study-abroad courses in multiple countries during the summer, and students often also take advantage of Kent State programs in Florence, Italy, and Geneva, Switzerland.

The Political Science major comprises the following concentrations:

  • The American Politics concentration investigates the political context of life in the United States in courses on public opinion, elections and the media, as well as Congress, the presidency, and the courts.
  • The International Relations-Comparative Politics concentration focuses on international policy and politics, including aid and development, energy and oil, human rights and regions of the world (e.g., Latin America, the Middle East and Russia).
  • The General concentration allows students to design their own specialization rather than choosing a specific area to concentrate.
  • The Public Policy concentration explores how governments address major policy questions such as health care, environmental protection and foreign policy. Courses introduce students not only to policy questions and implications, but also to the skills involved in policy analysis.

Admission requirements

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus:

The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven regional campuses of Kent State University.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:

Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Twinsburg Academic Center, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students:

All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score, minimum 48 PTE score or minimum 100 DET score; or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program.


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Program content

Semester One

  • American Politics (DIVD) (KSS) or Public Policy
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Foreign Language

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Two

  • Comparative Politics (DIVG) (KSS) or World Politics (DIVG) (KSS)

Foreign Language

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Three

  • Political Thought or Political Economy

Foreign Language

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Four

Concentration Electives

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Five

  • Research Methods (ELR)

Concentration Electives

College General Requirement

College General Requirement

Semester Six

Political Science (POL) Elective

Concentration Elective

Kent Core Requirement or General Elective

General Electives

Semester Seven

Political Science (POL) Upper-Division Elective (30000 or 40000 level)

General Electives

Semester Eight

Concentration Seminar Requirement

General Electives

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university's website for more information.

Tuition fees

Undergraduate

  • Tuition fees for Ohio residents: $11,587 USD per year
  • Tuition fees for residents of other states and international students: $20,463 USD per year

Qualification

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis skills.
  2. Demonstrate advanced written and oral communication skills.
  3. Demonstrate advanced understanding of national and international issues and political systems.
  4. Demonstrate multicultural literacy.
  5. Demonstrate competence with quantitative statistical and qualitative analysis tools.

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Kent State University

At Kent State University, people hail from every corner of the globe to do work that paves the way for a brighter tomorrow. Here, you’ll find world-class faculty serving as researchers and mentors, alumni leaders in business, healthcare, education, and...


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Kent State University

800 E Summit St
44242 Kent Ohio
United States of America

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