About the Department

Greetings from Department Head
Richard J. Harknett

Welcome to the Department of Political Science, a department with national impact and global reach. We appreciate your interest in our programs and would be excited to have you join us in our study of politics. We also encourage you to review this informational video about our department and its academic programs.  

The expertise of the University of Cincinnati's Department of Political Science is oriented to challenge established understandings of politics in fundamental ways and is positioned to translate new discoveries about those fundamentals into practical analysis that advances thinking in the political world. In sum, we are interested in big political questions and how they impact the real world. The department's faculty and students, thus, engage in pursuit of knowledge at the nexus of theory and policy advancing UC's overall institutional strengths in applied learning and discovery.

Our programs offer the opportunity to work with faculty with a wide variety of expertise, who are active researchers discovering new ways to think about and understand the complexity of local, national and global politics. Our faculty have won university and State of Ohio teaching awards, been recognized as Fulbright Scholars, and are invited around the world to share their research. Here's one YouTube video from Germany on global google cultures. I encourage you to examine all of our faculty weblinks to see what we study.

The Department offers a BA in political science and a BA in international affairs, and Minor in Political Science as well as MA and PhD degrees in political science. Undergraduate certificates are available in International Human Rights and Security Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Opinion and Survey Research. The graduate program focuses on the formation of public opinion and its effect on public policy, and the conceptualization of security and its effect on national and international politics. At the graduate level, our faculty expertise clusters around security studies and public opinion as it relates to core literatures in American Government, International Relations, and Comparative Politics, all grounded in a strong understanding of research methods.

A great strength of our programs is the students who participate in them. Check out this video with reflections from our alumni about their academic experiences. Both at the undergraduate and graduate levels our students excel in the classroom and in co-curricular activities such as study abroad, internships, Model United Nations conferences, Model APEC simulations, and Mock Trial. We encourage undergraduate research opportunities and offer research awards to support such efforts. Almost every academic year, one of our students wins top university recognition. Our dynamic students create a great learning environment. The undergraduate majors in political science and international affairs are popular among students planning careers in law, education, journalism, business and public service, and our graduate students go on to academic and research careers with success.

Please explore our website and contact us if you have questions. We look forward to your active involvement in our department.

Richard J. Harknett, PhD
Department Head