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Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science helps students acquire knowledge about politics and hone their intellectual skills to critically analyze and evaluate that knowledge. As a political science student, you’ll learn about political institutions of government, political behavior, and political theory. Our graduates have pursued successful careers in a wide range of fields, including government, politics, law, education, business, and journalism.

The political science program at John Carroll University is highly flexible in structure, affording students the ability to pursue focused inquiries into their own areas of interest, to follow specialized concentrations, or complete a double major.

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Experience the Possibilities

Our department believes in the power of experiential learning. Under our mentorship, political science students have the opportunity to attend conferences, diplomatic simulations, and various events hosted at John Carroll and Cleveland. By applying what they learn, our students graduate with a unique sense of purpose.

Programs of Study

The study of political science at John Carroll University begins by equipping majors with a solid understanding of the basic fields of the discipline as well as a working knowledge of political theories and research methods. Alongside unparalleled opportunities for professional training and personal growth, our program of study teaches students to think critically and communicate effectively while challenging them to analyze problems through multiple points of view.


Political Science B.A.

You'll think critically and communicate effectively, analyzing problems through multiple points of view, and developing a global perspective of citizenship.

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Political Science Minor

You’ll sharpen your analytical abilities and expand your understanding of politics, government, and civic engagement.

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Global & Foreign Area Studies

Understand the comparative politics of systems around the world; choose the area you wish to focus on, or discover how countries and regions differ.

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Law & Society

Prepare yourself for law school or a career in the legal field; be able to connect the relationship of law to society and social theory.

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Methods and Spacial Analysis

Discover the expanding field of spatial analysis, and examine the impact of complex information systems.

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Department Highlights

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Experiential Learning

The Political Science Department believes in the value of experiential education, or education in which classroom study is supported by practical applications and lived experiences.


Students have completed internships with advocacy and special interest groups, businesses, campaigns, governments, environmental agencies, international consulates, law firms, media, other political groups, and nonprofit organizations.


Programs like Model Arab League, European Union Simulation, and the Berlin Seminar provide students with the experiential real-world opportunities that others simply can't offer. 


The NBC/John Carroll University “Meet the Press” Fellowship, created to honor Tim Russert ’72), is awarded annually to a graduating senior. The fellow  spends nine months at NBC’s “Meet the Press” headquarters working on the production of a weekly program and conducting collaborative research under the direction of the executive producer.