Political Science Major

Let's talk politics. Youngstown State offers a major that helps you successfully prepare for your future in government, law or international affairs.

What You'll Study

As a Political Science major, you'll examine the multifaceted aspects of contemporary government and international relations to gain insight of politics in different parts of the world.

Choose one of two tracks—Foreign Affairs or Public Management—to focus your studies. You'll also have the opportunity to pair your degree with a number of different minors or pursue pre-law advisement.

By the time you graduate from the program, you'll be able to:

  • Summarize fundamental components of political theory, American government, comparative politics and international relations;
  • Explain constitutional principles that have shaped the American Republic;
  • Recognize basic ideas, problems and processes of comparative politics and international relations relative to issues of Western and non-Western political development, different forms of national government, and foreign policy behaviors in the global economy; and
  • Apply the Style Manual of the American Political Science Association (APSA) in conjunction with your research, writing skills and projects.

The major prepares you for graduate study, law school or a career in government or public service as an elected politician, support staffer or consulting analyst.


All Political Science majors take core courses to study American government, contemporary government, international relations and political thought. Additional courses are offered through two tracks:

  • Foreign Affairs Track

    Gain a broad understanding of international relations and comparative politics. In the Foreign Affairs track, you'll study patterns of conflict and cooperation among nations and international organizations while developing a sense of the problems of governance, justice, economic development and political stability.

    The track is designed to accommodate students seeking careers in such fields as diplomacy, international security, humanitarian and technical assistance, international education, international trade and public affairs.

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  • Public Management Track

    If you desire a career in national, state or local government, the Public Management track will give you the knowledge and economics skills needed to succeed in this field.

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Internships and Jobs

  • City of Cincinnati Law Department
  • Congressman Tim Ryan
  • Youngstown Business Incubator
  • Youngstown State University
  • The News Outlet
  • Ohio House of Representatives
  • Ohio Legislative Service Commission
  • City of Youngstown
  • Mahoning County Board of Elections
  • PETA