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from Thomas Hart Benton's mural A Social History of the State of Missouri

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Political Science is dedicated to understanding and explaining the management of human affairs. The ODU political science program is nationally and internationally recognized for the achievements of faculty members and students.

We feature courses on a domestic and international topics. Study American, Virginia state and local politics, public law, or comparative politics and international relations, research and quantitative methods. ODU political science courses apply a variety of approaches and methods, both quantitative and qualitative, stressing written and applied student work.

We offer BA and BSc degrees for undergraduates, preparing students for political engagement and leadership. Our graduates find careers in politics and government, international organizations, law, media, academia, the armed forces, non-governmental organizations, consultancies and business.

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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!