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Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #801 (ARWU) Akron, OH, United States
The Political Science program of The University of Akron studies the institutions and procedures people use to regulate conflict within and between nations.
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Political Science Fundamentals

The coursework of the Political Science program of The University of Akron addresses:

  • U.S. political and government systems
  • institutions of other nations
  • political systems and international connections
  • war and peace
  • global balance of power

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning

Hands-on Research

The Department of Political Science is home to the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, a public education and research center where students learn how to become active and competent in political life.

Real-world Experience

Gain practical professional experience through UA's optional cooperative education program. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school while earning a competitive salary.

  • The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics provides internship opportunities with political party organizations, candidates, interest groups and public officials at the national, state and local levels.

Degrees and Preparation

A degree in political science opens the door to many career opportunities, such as:

  • administrators and elected officials at the local, state and national levels
  • teachers at secondary education or college levels

Other career options include:

  • government and private-sector policy analysis
  • law
  • policing and corrections
  • mass media and news analysis
  • foreign service and overseas government programs
  • intelligence
  • campaigns and elections
  • government liaison work
  • mediation
  • nonprofit organization work

Career Outlook

Opportunities are growing the field of political science and related fields. Job prospects are especially good for those with advanced degrees.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Government & Politics in the United States
  • World Politics & Government
  • Introduction to Political Research
  • Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to Political Thought
  • Selected Topics in Political Science

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • Online Application
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official Secondary School Transcripts
  • Official Proof of English Proficiency
  • Official SAT/ACT (Optional, required only for scholarships and direct admission)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    15500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11635 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11635 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Akron

  • 890 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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