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Ohio Dominican University offers two political science major tracks. In its broadest sense, these majors are designed to study government, law, political processes and behavior, the policies produced by governments and their effects upon the individual, the community and the world.
Degree offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Minor in Political Science
In additional to the general B.A., Ohio Dominican offers one concentration:
  • Concentration in Pre-Law
The issues of war and peace, power and violence, law and order, justice and fairness, democracy and freedom, rights and citizenship, diversity and change are at the heart of the study of politics.

Students who study political science are prepared for law school and graduate study; careers in federal, state and local government; public policy and private interests groups; businesses and corporations; regional, trans-national and international organizations; campaign management; journalism; and high school and college teaching. 

The liberal arts education political science provides has enabled Ohio Dominican students to find rewarding vocations as college professors, teachers, lawyers, civil servants, public administrators, city planners, policy analysts, diplomats, business leaders and informed citizens.

  • Sample 4-Year Plan for Political Science Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 POL 101
    MTH 121
    POL 100 Natural Science
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    POL 231 POL 279B
    POL 230 POL 279C
    Foreign Language 110
    Foreign Language 111
    POL 290 THL
    Elective Elective
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 379 POL 360
    POL 365 PHL
    PHL Elective
    Art/Music/Theatre Elective
    Required Elective (2) Elective
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    POL 498 Required Elective (1)
    LIT Required Elective (3)
    POL 479

    Required Elective (1) – Choose one of the following courses:
    • POL 366 or POL 368
    Required Elective (2) – Choose one of the following courses:
    • POL 348C or POL 379A
    Required Elective (3) – Choose one of the following courses:
    • POL 279A or POL 348E, any SOC course
    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.A. in Political Science
    Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in addition to the major requirements listed below. 
    Courses Credits
    POL 100 Ideas, Ideals, Ideologies 3*
    POL 101 The Great Issues of Politics 3*
    POL 230 Law, Society & Policy 3*
    POL 231 History of Constitution of the United States 3*
    POL 279B CORE: Political Philosophy & Western Tradition 3*
    POL 279C CORE: American Political Thought, Nature & the Common Good 3*
    POL 290 Politics & Government: Issues & Process 3*
    POL 360 International Politics 3*
    POL 365 The United States Presidency 3*
    POL 479 CORE: Courage & Prudence in Modern Politics 3*
    POL 498 Seminar: Political Theory & Ideology 3*
    SCE 000 Senior Comprehensive Examination 0
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    POL 366 U.S. Congress & Policymaking 3*
    POL 368 Parties & Elections 3*
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    POL 348C Interpreting Civilization 3*
    POL 379A CORE: War & Peace: International Law & Org. 3*
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    POL 279A CORE: Environmental Values & Policymaking 3*
    POL 348E History US Foreign Policy 3*
    Required Correlatives

    Courses Credits
    Any course in the discipline of Sociology 3
    Total Credits Required 45

    * Used to calculate the Major GPA

  • B.A. in Political Science with Concentration in Pre-Law
    As students meet the overall requirements for the Political Science major, those in the Pre-Law Concentration should take the following courses.

    Suggested Courses Credits

    Select three credits from the following:
    • MTH 140 Introduction to Statistics
    • MTH 270 Mathematical Statistics
    View course descriptions.

    Natural Science

    Select three credits from:
    • Biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics, science
    View course descriptions biology, chemistry, environmental sciencephysics, science.


    Select three credits from the following:
    • THL 106 The Old Testament
    • THL 107 The New Testament
    • THL 225 Introduction to Christian Theology
    Select three credits from the following
    • THL 204 Epistles of Paul
    • THL 238 Theology of Justice & Mercy
    • THL 303 The Gospels
    • THL 335 Christian Morality

    View course descriptions.


    • Select three credits at the 111-level or above. (Latin is recommended.)
    View course descriptions.


    Select six credits from the following:
    • HST 110 Western Civilization I
    • HST 111 Western Civilization II
    • HST 201 American History I
    • HST 202 American History II
    View course descriptions.


    Select three credits from the following
    • ENG 460 The Age of Chaucer
    • ENG 463 The Age of Shakespeare
    • Select three additional credits in Literature. 
    View course descriptions.

    • PHL 101 Introduction to Logic
    Select six credits from the following, with no more than three credits at the 100-level:
    • PHL 109 Issues in Philosophy
    • PHL 110 Wisdom & the Web
    • PHL 150 Theories of Ethics
    • PHL 170 Philosophy of Good & Evil
    • PHL 242 Applied Ethics
    • PHL 243 Bioethics 
    • PHL 279A CORE: Ethical Issues of Sex & Marriage
    • PHL 379A CORE: Principles of Justice
    NOTE: Students who do not complete PHL 379A must complete ECN 208.

    View course descriptions.
    Social & Behavioral Sciences 
    • ECN 207 Principles of Microeconomics 
    View course descriptions.
    Total Credits Required
  • Minor in Political Science
    Courses Credits
    POL Electives 15
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    POL 379B CORE: Peace and Justice: Catholic Social Teachings 3
    POL 498 Seminar: Political Theory & Ideology 3
    Total Credits Required 18