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Department ofPolitical Science & Geography

Two distinct programs to equip students with a powerful and respected understanding of the most important forces shaping our planet, country, state and community.

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Geography Program

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Political Science Program

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The Department of Political Science and Geography at Old Dominion University is a vibrant community of students, educators, scholars, practitioners, activists and engaged citizens. With a core of 20 full-time faculty, leading at frontiers of research, we offer majors, minors and certificates in geography and political science, unmatched by any other university in the region.

ODU Department of Political Science and Geography equips students to understand and influence this rapidly changing world. Our professors are active in scholarly and public debates on domestic and international affairs, frequently on local and national news media. With our world under stress from globalization to political polarization, climate change to changing human geography, the department has never been more active, or its graduates more in demand.


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ODU Geography launches YouTube Channel

ODU Geography launches YouTube channel ODU Geography launched a YouTube channel. Featured videos include Geography Awareness Week 2022, a Drone Demo Flyover of ODU East Campus and King Tide Flooding in Norfolk. (More)

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New Book: The United States and International Law

Why does the US support international law one way while neglecting or violating it in another? ODU’s Dr. Richard Maass and colleagues find patterns that shed light on behavior that seem paradoxical at best, hypocritical at worst. (More)

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Presidential Inauguration

ODU commemorated the inauguration of President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., during Homecoming Weekend 2022. Relive the historic weekend.

Fall Open House

It's time to fall in love with ODU! Join us for our last Open House event of the semester on Saturday, November 19.

Commencement 2022

Visit the Commencement Office for information on event times, caps & gowns, tickets and more!