The political science program at ODU focuses on the study of the state, government, and politics in the domestic and international realms. It is designed to give students an essential core of knowledge, and to develop their critical thinking and analytical skills. Students have the opportunity to study American politics, Virginia state and local politics, public law, international relations, and comparative politics. Both the B.A. and B.S. degrees are offered. The B.A. emphasizes complementary preparation in a foreign language through the intermediate level. The B.S. emphasizes development of quantitative research and data analysis skills.
- Faculty and student achievements are nationally and internationally recognized
- Pre-law advising available to political science and other students from across the University
- Internship and practicum credit can be earned by students upon attaining junior status
- Students who complete the program are eligible for admission to graduate and law school or direct entry to the job market
Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision-making, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.
Reporters and Correspondents
Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.
Develop, introduce or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, State, or Federal level. Includes only workers in elected positions.
The program offers both the Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Political Science.
The Bachelors of Arts requires a total of 36 credit hours in political science, including three introductory courses and a course in research methods. B.A. students also earn 24 elective credit hours (usually eight additional courses) in political science. Their general education requirements include language study through the intermediate level (202).
The Bachelors of Science in Political Science requires a total of 36 credit hours in political science, including three introductory courses, research methods, and quantitative methods. B.S. students also earn 21 elective hours (usually seven additional courses) in political science. Their general education requirements include language study through the introductory level (102), and elementary statistics.
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