Majors and Minors

Political Science

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

Internship Opportunities
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:

  • 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


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Political Science major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

Evening Program
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

For more information, contact:
Department of Political Science
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, RT 1744
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.4541
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