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Active citizens, critical consumers, and analytical thinkers

Richard Lugar

We aim to help our students become thoughtful and active citizens, critical consumers of information, and analytical/theoretical thinkers.  We also are committed to developing the skills of good writing, effective oral presentation, and information literacy.  

Our curriculum will allow you to explore political issues in the United States and around the world through courses ranging from the US Congress or Presidency to courses on Russia or Terrorism to politics of developing nations, human rights or the global environment.  You can delve into political theory by reading and discussing Socrates, Hobbes, Machiavelli, Richard Rorty, and more. You can explore issues in international relations and foreign policy or the United Nations and NATO.  You can learn about constitutional law or the role of religion in politics.  In addition, our faculty occasionally offers special topics classes to look at issues that are not covered by regularly scheduled courses.

In your classes, you will engage in active discussions, simulations, critical thinking, and extensive writing.  We want to challenge you academically and provide the guidance you need to excel.


Denison’s political science graduates have an extraordinary track record of success in a variety of areas. Recent graduates are working at: Booz, Allen, Hamilton, SAIC, and Deloitte; lobbying firms such as Lewis-Burke Associates and Patton Boggs, LLP; the US Foreign Service; several Congressional offices and Congressional committee staffs; National Public Radio; Deutsche Bank; McGraw Hill; the Ohio Legislative Service Commission; and more.   Others go on to some form of post-graduate education, mostly law school and master’s programs, for example, recent graduates have attended the Elliott School at GWU, the Fletcher School at Tufts, Columbia University’s Master’s in non profit management, New York University, the London School of Economics, the University College of Swansea, the MBA program at Case Western, the University of Chicago, Emory University School of Law, Case Western law, Drake University Law School, Georgetown Law, Duquesne Law, and others.  And a small number have pursued/are pursuing a Ph.D. in political science (they have gone on to attend OSU, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin-Madison).  Our majors have also earned Denison Presidential medals, Fulbright grants, and Charles B. Rangel Fellowships.