Our program explores many dimensions of political life, ranging from small groups to citizens’ organizations, to cities, countries, and the international system, and involves examination of broad issues of power, conflict, peace, citizenship, representation, and justice.

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Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses. We present a variety of approaches to politics, combining conceptual and theoretical analyses with historical, policy, and practical orientations. We are politically diverse and encourage students to bring their own perspectives and critical capacities to bear in class.

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Department Overview

Politics at Oberlin encompasses a broad field of study and includes topics sometimes described as political science or government elsewhere. Our program explores many dimensions of political life, ranging from small groups to citizens’ organizations, to cities, countries, and the international system, and involves examination of broad issues of power, conflict, peace, citizenship, representation, and justice.

A major in politics can provide a focus for a liberal arts program in the social sciences, and help you understand and act more effectively in the world.

Our faculty present a variety of approaches to politics, combining conceptual and theoretical analyses with historical, policy and practical orientations. We are politically diverse and encourage you to bring your own perspectives and critical capacities to bear in class. We strive to maintain the highest intellectual standards, to stimulate political discussion from the abstract and theoretical to the immediately practical, and to encourage you to incorporate critical political viewpoints into your everyday lives and careers.

Our program prepares students for graduate studies in law, public policy, business administration, public administration, and political science. Our department is a national leader among liberal arts colleges in providing undergraduate training for those who go on to doctorates and then research and teaching careers in political science. Graduates enjoy success in government, law, public or private nonprofit agencies, journalism, and teaching.

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