The International Women’s March, January 21, 2017, London. Photo credit: Marc Blecher
Program Type:
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Department of Politics 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.

Program Director

Marc Blecher

Chair and James Monroe Professor of Politics
Department Affiliation

Tracy Tucker

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8487

Why is Studying Politics at Oberlin Unique?

Associated Faculty
Variety of Courses
Study Away Programs

Sample Courses

  • POLT 100 - Introduction to American Politics 4 credits
  • POLT 264 - Urban Politics in Developing Cities 4 credits
  • POLT 306 - Gender and Migration 4 credits
  • POLT 409 - Public Education, Policy and Law 4 credits

Politics News

Life After Oberlin

Source: Career Center, Class of 2015, Primary status within the first 12 months after graduation. Sample: 45.

What Grads Do

Full-time Employment: 47%

Undecided: 18%

Graduate/Professional School: 16%

Fellowship: 9%

Part-time Employment: 4%

Service/Gap Year: 4%

Traveling: 2%


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