• Political Science

    Political Science majors are provided knowledge about national and international politics, governmental structures, the processes by which power and government exist, and the theoretical and philosophical principles that underlie these structures.
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    Why Choose ODU for your Political Science Degree?

    As a liberal arts university, Ohio Dominican University provides its Political Science majors with a well-rounded education that enables them to succeed in rewarding vocations as college professors, teachers, lawyers, civil servants, public administrators, city planners, policy analysts, diplomats, business leaders and informed citizens.

    Facts about the Program

    Eighty-eight percent of Political Science majors from the Class of 2011-2012 went on to law school or graduate study.We also offer a Political Science degree with a concentration in Environmental Studies.

    Faculty Highlights

    Dr. Stephen Thomas

    Dr. Stephen Thomas earned ODU’s Conley Award for outstanding teaching in 2010. He is the co-author of Asking the Wrong Questions: The Environmental Protection Agency from Nixon to Clinton. Dr. Thomas contributed two chapters to Jonathan Betz Brown’s “Health Capital Financing: Structuring Politics and Markets to Produce Community Health.” He also co-authored a chapter in A.D. Woodhead’s “Assessment of Risk from Low-level Exposure to Radiation and Chemicals,” and co-authored a paper on physician reimbursement in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Thomas also has published articles in Science, Technology & Human Values; International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society; Public Affairs Quarterly; and Policy Currents. Articles on “Cheney v. District Court (2004)” and “Deregulation in the 1970s” will appear in the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Political, Policy, and Legal History.

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    Dr. R. W. Carstens

    Dr. R. W. Carstens was the 1990 Outstanding Teacher of the Year and the 1994 Dominican Master Faculty. Ohio Dominican University students voted him the Conley Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2001. Dr. Carstens is the author of two books, an Internet course in art history and many articles. He serves as docent to the Columbus Museum of Art and is the past President of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph Montessori School.

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