crowd of women gathered for  international women's march in London
The International Women’s March, January 21, 2017, London. Photo credit: Courtesy of Marc Blecher
Program Overview


Program Type: Major, Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Politics

The Department of Politics explores many dimensions of political life, ranging from small groups to citizens’ organizations, to cities, countries, and the international system. Coursework for the politics major also involves examination of broad issues of power, conflict, peace, citizenship, representation, and justice.

Why Study Politics at Oberlin?

Department Faculty
Annual Department Awards
Study Away Programs

Sample Courses

  • POLT 112 - Introduction to Middle East Politics 4 credits
  • POLT 279 - American Presidency & Presidential Power 4 credits
  • POLT 315 - Seminar: Future of Organized Labor 4 credits
  • POLT 411 - Practicum in Applied Research 4 credits

Politics Faculty

Faculty interests span the political spectrum: comparative politics, civil rights and civil liberties, international relations of the Soviet Union, trade unions and political economy, peaceful conflict resolution, feminist theory, campaigns and elections, U.S. foreign policy, and Middle Eastern politics, among others.

Explore Faculty within Politics

Politics News

A girl wearing glasses sitting in an audience.

The Perfect Career Sweet Spot

November 20, 2020
When she was a student at Oberlin, Rosemary Boeglin ’14 thought a career in journalism was in her future. Today, instead of writing the news Boeglin helps to create it in her role as a rapid response spokesperson for President-elect Joe Biden.
A student poses in the hallway of a large building.

Winter Term: A Plan to Improve Education for Students

September 30, 2020
Bridget Smith ’21, an education and politics major, wants to improve the educational experiences of students with special needs. That's why interning at the Monitoring and State Improvement Planning division of the Office of Special Education Program in Oberlin (OSEP) was a great fit.
Woman smiling.

From Double Major to Law School: Emily Kelly-Olsen ’19

July 22, 2020
A student athlete, Kelly-Olsen discovered her passion for politics and East Asian studies at Oberlin. She is currently a student at University of Michigan Law School and working as an associate at a law firm in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.