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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14 [Archived Catalog]

Political Science Major (A.B. in Political Science) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

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Major Code BA1908

Honors Tutorial College
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2723
Fax: 740.593.9521

Jim Mosher, director of studies/contact person

Program Overview

The Honors Tutorial program in political science is a particularly important part of our mission, and we have been proud to see our graduates go on to the top graduate programs in the world. Whether the future career is law, teaching, governing, political consulting, or some other related field, we feel that the program in political science along with the broader liberal arts orientation of the college offers our HTC students a particularly good start. The program is designed around the belief that our HTC students, as talented and mature people, should enjoy freedom to explore the issues and possibilities of the field. Therefore, with the exception of asking students to accomplish the equivalent of two years of study in a foreign language, take eight tutorials in the field, and write the honors thesis, we encourage them to work with the director of studies to develop a personalized program of study. The strength of the tutorial program in political science is the one-to-one or small group tutorial format. This approach facilitates the acquisition of verbal as well as written skills due to the intensive attention devoted to each tutorial student by the tutor. The student is expected to demonstrate knowledge of weekly assignments through papers, oral reports, or such projects as may be designated by the tutor. This provides invaluable experience in research, writing, and oral presentation.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

The ideal HTC candidate should have minimum standardized test scores of 30 on the ACT and/or 1300 on the SAT. If you choose to take either standardized test more than once, we will consider only your highest scores. HTC applicants should ideally be in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. The deadline–currently December 1st–is earlier than regular admissions.

Change of Program Policy

Ohio University students beyond the freshman year will not be considered for transfer. Freshmen currently on the Ohio University campus must apply by December 1 to be considered for transfer into the college. Application cannot be made on-line. Interested freshmen must contact the college office for guidance.

External Transfer Admission

Off campus students who seek to transfer must do so no later than their freshman year of study. They should contact the Honors Tutorial College office for guidance.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

A great number and variety of opportunities are available to political science graduates upon graduation. Some pursue careers in government service, non-profit agencies or the private sector. Some go on to law or professional school. Others find opportunities in teaching and research. Because the Honors Tutorial College is so unique, graduating students who apply to graduate or professional schools are given letters that not only describe the tutorial nature of the college, but also describe the content of each tutorial taken by the student.


HTC Grade Requirements

Maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher overall and in the program of studies.

University English Composition Requirement

Complete one First-Year Composition course (1E) and one Junior Composition course (1J).

HTC Seminar

Complete the following course:


Complete the following six tutorials. Hours are variable for individual courses, but 18 hours cumulative are required across the six courses.

Thesis Tutorials

Complete two tutorials focused on the development and completion of a thesis, totaling 6 hours across the two courses.

HTC Thesis Requirement

Complete an advisor or director of studies approved thesis or professional project.

Foreign Language Requirement

Complete a two-year sequence through 2120 in a single language or equivalent. Equivalent credit can be Advanced Placement or college transfer credit. Students who have prior knowledge of Spanish, French, or German must take the placement test before enrolling in these classes. (The placement exam does not count as college credit.) If you test into the 3000 level or above, the foreign language requirement is considered fulfilled.

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