Active Citizens, Critical Consumers, and Analytical Thinkers
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.
What do Political Science Majors do After Denison?
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.
We expect our students to gain knowledge of: actual political institutions and processes; the origins, development, and transformation of theory and concepts; different approaches to political analyses, their philosophical roots, and when and how to employ them; and the historical, political, social, cultural, economic, and legal contexts necessary for understanding politics and the debates about it.
In addition, we seek to help our students develop the cognitive skills necessary to employ different methods of analysis and critical thinking, by which we mean to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of arguments, to identify and evaluate the ethical implications of various political positions, to articulate one’s own ethical position, to engage in empirical analysis, to interpret texts, and to conduct independent research. We also expect our students to develop the skills of oral and written communication.
The Political Science curriculum allows students to explore political theory and issues in the United States and around the world. This happens through courses ranging from the U.S. Congress or Presidency to courses on Russia or Terrorism to politics of developing nations, human rights or the global environment. Students can explore issues in international relations, foreign policy, constitutional law or the role of religion in politics.