Political Science

Political Science Department
Malicky Center, Room 104
(440) 826-2311

The BW Community Research Institute (CRI) involves students and faculty in research projects for government agencies and nonprofit organizations in Northeast Ohio. Projects include phone and online surveys, focus groups, and organization feasibility studies.  Recent projects include a study of the use of bilingual ballots for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, and survey research for the Heights Libraries, the West Creek Conservancy, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, and the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.

Sarah Brigadier and Charles Henderson at the IMO conference in London.  Read about their trip here.

Career Opportunities

  • Elected office
  • Campaign management
  • Attorney/judge
  • Lobbyist
  • Nonprofit management
  • Public policy analyst
  • Diplomatic staff
  • Criminal justice
  • Government official
  • Political analyst
  • Teacher
From Berea to Bangladesh and communism to the Continental Congress, political science is an ever-changing field that takes students to the forefront of today's local, national and international news.

Tomorrow's challenges require today's competencies. Skills in critical thinking, problem solving, oral and written communications, and ethics are needed to succeed in our global society. BW's political science program prepares you for a career, as well as developing professional, civic and personal attributes. You'll gain insight into political institutions, thought and behavior that can benefit you in the workplace and at graduate or professional schools.

Political Science is a popular undergraduate major for students interested in attending law school. At BW, pre-law students benefit from a liberal arts education combining rigorous academics, collaborative learning and experiential opportunities. Political science is an ideal companion major or minor for students majoring in a variety of fields, including education, humanities, social sciences, and business administration.

Learning is dynamic when theory melds with real-life application. Within the classroom, you'll experience simulation activities, student presentations, Socratic dialog and group projects. Beyond campus, you can join service-learning initiatives, travel the U.S. and abroad, study and intern with the Georgetown University Semester in Washington program, and compete through BW's award-winning Model United Nations and Model African Union teams.

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