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.
Study Abroad Opportunities
There are opportunities to study in China, Germany, France and others. These can be arranged through the Center for International Services and Programs
The Department of Political Science offers internships for political science majors.
Public Service Specialization
This 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:
Non-Profit Sector: The not-for-profit sector is rapidly expanding, and some political science majors find employment there. Some positions include:
Public Sector: Many students will go into jobs in the public sector working for federal, state, or local governments. Some of these positions include:
Graduate School: Some political science majors continue on to graduate school in diverse areas leading to other careers. For example:
A Major in Political Science may be completed in the evening. Required core courses are offered at night at least once during the regular academic year, and baccalaureate-level courses are offered with regularity to complete a degree over a four-year period.
All degree seeking students are required to complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) courses. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University's General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at http://www.csuohio.edu/academic/gened/.For more information, contact:
For official requirements for a degree in this major, see the Undergraduate Catalog.