About this Program

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.

Program Highlights

  • 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

Degree Level
Degree Earned
B.A. or B.S.
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.


$46,350 Median Salary

Develop, introduce or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, State, or Federal level. Includes only workers in elected positions.

Political Scientists

$112,030 Median Salary

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

$51,550 Median Salary

Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.

Alumni Careers

City of Norfolk Department of Economic Development
City of Virginia Beach City Council
City of Virginia Beach Police Department
Embassy of Ethiopia in Washington, DC
Old Dominion University


What are the requirements to apply for Political Science at ODU?
Students entering the B.A. or B.S. program in Political Science should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.

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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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

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Professor & Chair

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