Graduate Experience

For students interested in graduate study in political science, Ohio State's Department of Political Science provides excellent opportunities. It has a distinguished and diverse faculty strongly committed to working closely with graduate students; bright and dedicated graduate students, who typically receive full financial support to pursue their degrees; and a program that combines three traditional disciplinary major fields and the opportunity for several innovative minor programs with the most up-to-date training in theory and methods. Our location in a major research university in one of the thirty largest metropolitan areas in the country provides exciting extra-departmental opportunities.

A Distinguished and Diverse Faculty

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The principal attraction of the department is its distinguished faculty. More than 45 regular and seven active emeritus faculty members represent a wide variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of politics, while sharing a strong interest in explaining empirical regularities in contemporary political life. These faculty members are active scholars, and their work appears regularly in the discipline's leading journals and various university presses. Faculty research is supported by grants from a variety of foundations--including, for example the National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Luce Foundation, and the Volkswagen Foundation. Members of our faculty have held positions in the principal disciplinary associations and have been fellows at the nation's most prestigious social science research centers.

Faculty members are integrally involved in graduate training, both in the classroom and through daily interaction with graduate students. Faculty work with students on research projects, which often result in collaborative papers and publications. The department gives graduate students opportunities to develop teaching skills, and faculty provide close mentoring of teaching and other professional development. Financial support for graduate training is often gained from external sources; for example, in recent years graduate students have held Fulbright, Ford, the National Science Foundation, and U.S. Department of Education Title VI grants or fellowships.

Talented and Dedicated Graduate Students

The department's currently enrolled graduate students are another attractive aspect of Ohio State to prospective students. We compete successfully for students against the best universities in the nation, and our students have been among the most successful on campus in winning university-wide fellowships. We have been a national leader in training minority and women Ph.Ds in a discipline which traditionally has attracted only small numbers of each. And this commitment continues to be strong.

The department works to provide an intellectually challenging and supportive setting for its graduate students. Graduate students are an integral part of the intellectual life of the department, and we take special pride in their intellectual development and professional placement. We are also committed to providing the support students need to function effectively in a graduate program. Ph. D. students can typically expect up to five years of financial support (tuition + stipend). Funded students receive office space with computers that are tied into the departmental computing network and the university's mainframe. We also fund a portion of the costs of travel to professional meetings.

Choose From Nine Fields of Study

The graduate program offers a rich array of courses distributed among nine fields American politics, comparative politics, international politics, political theory, political economy, political psychology, formal theory, race, gender, and ethnicity, and political methodology. Instruction in the four traditional fields is grounded in the mainstream, and yet it is responsive to the latest theoretical and methodological developments. Students leaving the program are well prepared to teach and conduct research in each field with a good blend of general and specialized training. The political economy field combines departmental work in rational choice theory, comparative political economy, and international political economy with interdisciplinary opportunities in economics. The interdisciplinary political psychology field draws upon Ohio State's strengths in both political science and social psychology to provide training that no university in the world can match.

A Bright Future For You and the Department

The future of the department is especially bright in these times of academic restructuring and downsizing. New faculty hires in recent years have added younger scholars with exceptional promise to an already well-established faculty. Strong support from the university in the last decade has enabled us to achieve great success in recruiting top faculty and graduate students. Our renovated departmental home in Derby Hall with ample offices for graduate students, a departmental computer system, a computer instructional lab, an experimental laboratory, in-building access to a state-of-the-art computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) survey center, a long-distance learning classroom, and a central location on campus provides first-rate facilities for faculty and students alike.