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

Politics and Public Affairs

Denison offers a unique degree that explores politics and public affairs. Combining a personalized “track” approach, integrated real-world internships, an outstanding faculty, a four-year learning community and the proximity of state-level politics in Columbus, the Denison Politics and Public Affairs major prepares students with broad knowledge of both the theory and practice of politics, international affairs and public policy.

The Politics and Public Affairs program at Denison offers three tracks of study in International Affairs, Policy Analysis, and Government and Legal Affairs, and will allow students to create a personalized track of study with a focus on student interests.

The track approach is an essential update to this discipline for the global era. By exploring an integrated view of political science, students will gain a deeper understanding of each area, and be better prepared for success than those who didn’t learn to bridge those divisions.

Deepening the value of the major is an off-campus learning requirement that will see students pairing their academic interests with hands-on field experiences. Students may intern at the Ohio Statehouse, participate in Model U.N., travel abroad with an international NGO, or any number of other life-changing activities.

Throughout, they’ll be supported by a dedicated and talented faculty, and engaged in a learning community of students that begins with everyone sharing a common core of introductory courses, then returning together for two seminars – one sophomore year, and one senior year – where students will contribute their individual insights to benefit the whole.

Data for Political Research Minor

The scope of the world’s social and political problems is simply too great to rely on personal observation as a route to understanding. We need systematic observation of unbiased data to accurately diagnose, understand, and treat them.

The DPR minor aims to foster a problem-centric, quantitative approach to understanding the interactions of people, society, and their governing institutions. Students in the minor will receive training in how to design research for social impact, how to analyze data for more certain conclusions, and how to visualize data and results for clarity and persuasion in service of understanding politics in its many contexts. Together, design, analysis, and visualization enable researchers to contribute their own answers to pressing social and political questions with opportunities for oral and written translation of that expertise to public audiences. In this way, DPR students are encouraged to consider how they can use quantitative social science tools of design, analysis, and visualization to serve and inform the public consistent with the Denison mission.

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