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Political Science, B.A.

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University rank #1207 (BCR) Cleveland, OH, United States
The program in the Department of Political Science at Cleveland State University is designed to help students understand the importance of politics and democracy in their lives, contemporary public policy, and the means of influencing government to respond to collective needs.
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Study Abroad OpportunitiesThere are opportunities to study in China, Germany, France and others. These can be arranged through the Center for International Services and Programs

Internship OpportunitiesThe Department of Political Science offers internships for political science majors.

Public Service SpecializationThis is a political science program more oriented toward practical politics and government service. Requirements of this program are identical to those of the political science major with two exceptions: public service track majors take an internship for 6 hours of credit instead of the senior seminar, as their capstone course. Students also take one course specifically related to their internship, as well as the usual field-distribution requirements for the major.


There are multiple career opportunities for majors in political science. Political science is a fine liberal arts degree and careers are diverse.

Private Sector: Many political science majors will have careers in the private, for-profit sector. Some positions include:

  • Journalist
  • Market Researcher
  • Sales Representative

Non-Profit Sector: The not-for-profit sector is rapidly expanding, and some political science majors find employment there. Some positions include:

  • Group Activist
  • Director of Development

Public Sector: Many students will go into jobs in the public sector working for federal, state, or local governments. Some of these positions include:

  • Budget Analyst
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Legislative Director
  • Librarian
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Teacher

Graduate School: Some political science majors continue on to graduate school in diverse areas leading to other careers. For example:

  • Attorney at Law
  • Professor
  • City Manager


Cleveland State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Government
  • African-American Experience in Urban Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Power, Authority and Culture in Nonwestern Communities
  • International Politics
  • Introduction to the Middle East
  • Cultural Diversity in U.S. Politics
  • Foundations of Political Thought
  • Modern Political Thought
  • American Political Thought
  • Seminar in American Politics
  • Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • Senior Seminar in International Relations
  • Seminar in Political Theory

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General Requirements

The following admission requirements apply to students who have not completed any college-level course work after completing secondary school.

  • Cumulative secondary school GPA equivalent to a 2.3 on the US grading scale for most programs. The College of Engineering requires a 2.7 and the College of Education and Human Services requires a 2.5.
  • Proof of English proficiency.
  • Students applying to the Honors College, student athletes who must comply with NCAA eligibility requirements, and those who have attended a US high school or secondary school in another country that follows the US high school curriculum must submit ACT or SAT scores. These students must submit a minimum ACT score of 16, or a minimum old SAT score of 770 (before March 1, 2016), or a minimum new SAT score of 860 (after March 1, 2016). The Honors College has higher requirements, please see the Honors College website for more information.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      401 USD/credit
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    • National

      570 USD/credit
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    • In-State

      604 USD/credit
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    Living costs for Cleveland

    • 980 - 1620 USD/month
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