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Political Science

Political science is the study of politics and government, both in the United States and around the world. Political science majors develop strong research and analytical skills while exploring topics such as the philosophies on which governments have been founded, the ways in which citizens affect and are affected by their governments and relationships within the international community.


Quick Info

Program Code


Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s), Research


2 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus


Political Science
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


1110 Crosley Tower
PO Box 210375
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0375
Kristopher Grady
Phone: 513-556-3302

Student Success Factors

Students in political science typically possess (or are willing to develop) the strong analytical skills necessary for interpreting and evaluating arguments. Most like to read and succeed when asked to work independently. Political science students also enjoy vigorous in-class discussion and like to apply their learning to real-world problems as well as to theoretical concerns. Consequently, students enjoy researching and debating different points of view on wide-ranging issues involving politics and public affairs.

Career Possibilities

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Political Science Minor Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Political Science Minor Requirements
    • POL1xxx, Three Introductory POL courses from group below, 9
    • POL2xxx, Four upper division POL courses (at or above 2000 level), 12
    Upper division political science
    • POL2xxx, 2000 level course(s) or above, 12
    Introductory POL courses
    • POL1010, Introduction to American Politics, HP, SS, 3
    • POL1040, Introduction to Political Theory, SE, SS, 3
    • POL1060, Introduction to Comparative Politics, DC, SS, 3
    • POL1080, Introduction to International Relations, SE, SS, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the minor using our online form.


In addition, you must meet with the program director so that the department is aware that you are pursuing the minor and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your minor.

Graduation Requirements

If you have declared the minor, then it will appear on your application for graduation. Apply for graduation as you normally would for your bachelor’s degree.


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