Political Science

Political Science

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Foreign policy. Human rights. National security. Civic engagement. Community development. Political science is a powerful, constantly changing career field that offers a foundation for future success.

Baldwin Wallace’s political science major prepares you for a career that spans government, corporate, law, nonprofit, education and service sectors.

In the classroom, you’ll build skills in critical thinking, problem solving, public speaking and written communication. You’ll develop academic insights and professional competencies you can apply to an internship, career, graduate school or professional studies.

Learning is dynamic when theory melds with application. Through coursework, you’ll experience simulation activities, student presentations, Socratic dialog and group projects.

Outside the classroom, you can participate in internships, service-learning, study abroad, an affiliated Semester in Washington, D.C. program, and BW's award-winning Model United Nations and Model African Union teams.

BW’s 20-minute proximity to Cleveland puts you within easy access to impressive networking, internship and job shadowing connections. These opportunities include government and non-profit agencies, Fortune 500 corporations and more.

Popular Major for Law School
Political science is a popular undergraduate major for students interested in attending law school. At BW, pre-law students benefit from comprehensive and rigorous academics, collaborative learning and experiential opportunities.

Interested in Becoming a Teacher?
If you would like to become a social studies teacher, BW offers an outstanding teacher education program.

Want to make a positive difference?

Many political science majors exemplify BW’s mission of educating “contributing, compassionate citizens.”

Versatile Career Opportunities
Many political science majors attend law school and graduate programs in business administration, education, public policy and public administration. Other individuals go directly to career placements with corporations, nonprofit agencies and service organizations. Government employment includes positions with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Secret Service, Department of Defense and employment with county and municipal governments across Ohio and nationally.

Career Opportunities

  • Elected office
  • Campaign management
  • Attorney/judge
  • Community development specialist
  • Lobbyist
  • Nonprofit management
  • Public policy analyst
  • Diplomatic staff
  • Criminal justice
  • Government official
  • Political analyst
  • Teacher
  • Journalist


A comprehensive, rigorous program, political science is offered as a major and minor. The courses acquaint students with various methods of analysis available for and applicable to the study of political institutions, political thought and political behavior.

Political science is an ideal companion major or minor for students interested in education, humanities, social sciences, business administration, and international studies, among others.

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.

Student Experiences

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:

Community Research Institute

Gain real-world research experience through BW’s Community Research Institute. The Institute serves government agencies and nonprofit organizations in Northeast Ohio through services that include surveys and feasibility studies. Recent projects include a study of the use of bilingual ballots for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections and survey research for Heights Libraries, West Creek Conservancy, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Downtown Cleveland Alliance.

Career Networking

Make career contacts through an advisory committee designed just for political science, public service leadership, international affairs, national security and legal studies majors and minors. BW alumni and other professionals serve as resources for informational interviews, shadowing and other networking opportunities. Students can learn about careers in politics, community development, policy, government, law and foreign service and obtain information about attending graduate or law school.

Internship in Washington, D.C.

This semester-long internship program based at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., helps students develop professional skills, earn academic credit and gain valuable job experience interning in settings that include the United States Congress, news organizations, nonprofits and law firms.

College Democrats

This student group is committed to the sponsorship and promotion of events that enhance governmental involvement on campus through participation in party programs and activities for the entire student body.

College Republicans

This student organization welcomes conservative views and encourages students to take an interest in the world of politics through conferences, guest speakers, trips, campus activities and participation in community, state and national Republican campaigns and elections.

Center for Women in Politics of Ohio

This non-partisan center provides information about women who have run for public office in Ohio. While serving as an historical record, the Center also is a data source for students, scholars and the general public.

Model United Nations

A successful program in existence at BW for 40 years, Model United Nations is a series of simulations run as conferences where participating student teams from different universities learn about international diplomacy and the workings of intergovernmental organizations. The teams tackle current issues through negotiation and debate. The communication, negotiation and public speaking aspects make Model UN relevant for students of all majors. Over the years, the team and individual members of BW’s Model UN and Model African Union teams have won every award at Harvard Model UN, Model NATO, Model AU and LEIMUN, including Best Delegation.


At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world.

Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the Class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.

Faculty and Staff

Mark Mattern, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Political Science
Areas of Expertise: Democratic Theory, American Political Thought, Modern Political Thought, Citizenship and Public Life; The Politics of Art and Popular Culture, Political Economy, Classical and Early-Modern Political Thought; Feminist Political Theory; Public Policy

Haesook Chae, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Areas of Expertise: Comparative Politics, Politics of East Asia, Women in East Asia, Democracy and Democratization

Lauren Copeland, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Areas of Expertise: American Politics, Political Communication, Research Methodology, Social Media, Environmental Politics

Judy Krutky, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Areas of Expertise: International Politics, International Studies, International Political Economy, Russia and Eastern Europe, National Security and Defense Issues

Javier Morales-Ortiz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Areas of Expertise: International Politics, International Organization, Foreign Policy Analysis, Development and Underdevelopment

Barbara Palmer, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Areas of Expertise: American Politics, Civil Rights and Liberties, Judicial Process, Women and Politics, Gender and the Law, Congressional Elections

Thomas Sutton, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Areas of Expertise: American Politics, Political Parties and Interest Groups, Public Administration, Public Policy

Donna McKeon, Secretary and Office Manager
(440) 826-2311, dmckeon@bw.edu