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Department of Political Science

Welcome to the Political Science Department website! Here you will find information on the wide variety of courses and degrees we offer that will both challenge you and let you explore different topic in Political Science. Our diverse faculty conduct groundbreaking research in multiple fields and are national experts who are eager to work with all students. You will also find information on various career opportunities that will open to you upon graduation with a degree in Political Science. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Nancy E. Marion, Ph.D., J.D.
Chair, Political Science 

Pi Sigma Alpha: The National Political Science Honor Society

Congratulations to all of our students who were inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha!

Lazar Bogicevic Sindi Morsches Gurveen Sandhu
Brittainy Butler Jeremy Noll Nour Shakaki
Parker Codding Brandon Plaza Isaiah Smith
Callie Gerzanics Dakota Prince Jessica Vasillides
Robert Gray Amy Quitter Wan Yu
Ryan Laverick Brianna Rummer

For more information, visit the Pi Sigma Alpha website.

The Center for Intelligence and Security Studies

A resource to prepare the security professionals of tomorrow by bringing together students, faculty, and security practitioners for training, research, and education in the areas of national security, cybersecurity, community security and law enforcement, as well as intelligence analysis and operations.

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Why Study Political Science?

We believe that a degree in Political Science is one of the best tools for a student seeking a comprehensive liberal arts education.  Critical thinking, argumentative writing, analysis, persuasion, and social research are some of the foundational skills our students will have after completing a Political Science major. Additionally, our students are well prepared to compete in a competitive, global market requiring ethical and practical problem solving skills.

B.A. in Political Science

  • This is the study of human behavior as it relates to governments, public policy and campaigns and elections.
  • Contact:  Dr. Nancy Marion, 

B.A. in Political Science - National Security Track

  • This degree prepares students for national security occupations, such as the FBI, the intelligence community, or other national security careers.
  • Contact: Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler,

B.A. in Political Science/Juris Doctorate (3+3)

  • In collaboration with the School of Law, this joint degree allows fourth-year undergraduate students to take courses in the Law School and receive both degrees in 6 years. 
  • Contact: Dr. Philip Marcin, 

B.A. in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)

  • This unique, interdisciplinary degree provides students with a broad social science background that introduces them to concepts and ideas of the individual areas and how they interrelate with one another.
  • Contact: Dr. Jim McHugh,

M.A. in Political Science - Security Studies

  • This advanced degree program is designed for individuals in careers in national security, intelligence, diplomacy, or other security related areas.
  • Contact: Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler, 

Master of Applied Politics (MAP)

  • In collaboration with the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, the MAP is one of only a handful of graduate programs in the United States focusing on practical politics and experiential learning.  The degree is designed for students interested in election campaigns, managing organizations, and other political activities.    
  • Contact: Dr. David Cohen, 

Juris Doctor/Master of Applied Politics

Our faculty in the news media

Fault Lines: Biden administration formally recognizes Armenian genocide

Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler is interviewed on a Pakistani television channel about the Biden administration's decision to formally recognize Armenian genocide by the Turks in 1915.

Democrats face tumultuous process to get massive social spending package passed

Dr. David Cohen is interviewed about the need for the Democratic party to sell policy and legislative achievements into the 2022 midterm elections.

Some Democrats distance themselves from the Squad, woke left

Dr. David Cohen appeared on Fox News to discuss how members of the Democratic party are distancing themselves from fellow party members. Cohen appears around minute 1:57.


Ohio Republicans swing for fences in redistricting proposals

In an interview with The Hill about Ohio’s new proposed congressional district lines, Dr. David Cohen said the state’s new district map will be “even worse” than previous ones in terms of gerrymandering and described it as “a Frankenstein on steroids.”


STRS Fund Management Under Fire, Slow Action on New Voting Map, COVID Vaccines And State Business

Dr. David Cohen, discussed the future of Ohio’s new Congressional map and voting in the Buckeye State. Cohen said he doesn’t expect the new map for Ohio’s congressional districts to be less gerrymandered than it was in the previous decade and explains the Ohio Supreme Court’s role in approving the redrawn districts.


Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan Has A Plan To Win In Trump Country

Dr. David Cohen commented on Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan campaigning for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Rob Portman, who is not seeking reelection in 2022. Cohen says Ryan “is the Democrats’ best shot at taking this seat back” in the increasingly conservative state of Ohio.


Rivalry of world powers to decide Afghanistan's significance: expert

Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler participated in a webinar about the significance of the Taliban’s return to power and discussed the likely shape of U.S. policy toward the Taliban and Afghanistan going forward.

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Schedule of Classes

Spring 2022

Contact Us

Department of Political Science
The University of Akron
Olin Hall 201 (see campus map)
Akron, OH  44325-1904

Office: 330-972-7406
Fax: 330-972-8841


Department Chair:
Dr. Nancy Marion

Undergraduate Advisor:
Dr. Phil Marcin

Graduate Advisors:

Security Studies
Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler 

Master of Applied Politics
Dr. David Cohen 

Dr. Phil Marcin


Dr. James McHugh 

Olin Hall houses the Department of Political Science, the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies and the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.