Apr 19, 2024  
Course Catalog 2023-2024 
Course Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Kristina Mani, Professor of Politics; chair

Marc J. Blecher, James Monroe Professor of Politics
Stephen F. Crowley, Professor of Politics
Samantha Davis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Politics and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Michael David Forrest, Associate Professor of Politics
Joshua M. Freedman, Assistant Professor of Politics
Jennifer R. Garcia, Assistant Professor of Politics
Adam Howat, Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics
Chris M. Howell, James Monroe Professor of Politics
Shinkyu Lee, Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics
Ali Masood, Assistant Professor of Politics
Michael D. Parkin, Erwin N. Griswold Professor of Politics and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Eve N. Sandberg, Robert S. Danforth Professor of Politics
Jade Schiff, Assistant Professor of Politics
Benjamin Sehnert, Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics
Rudabeh Shahid, Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics
Amanda Zadorian, Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics

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The study of politics explores many realms of political life, ranging from small groups, social movements, and citizens’ organizations to cities, states, and the international system. Within each of these realms, it covers basic information about institutions, behavior, and current affairs at the same time as it examines broader issues such as power, citizenship, conflict, and justice. The Department of Politics at Oberlin College teaches students to engage all these topics using a variety of scholarly approaches and research methods, quantitative as well as qualitative.

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Departmental Policies

Advanced Placement Credit

The following score(s) will correspond to credit for the following course(s), fulfilling corresponding prerequisite requirements (if applicable) and counting toward total credits needed for graduation:

  • AP American Politics, 5  →  POLT 099 (one full course)
  • AP Comparative Politics, 5  →  POLT 099 (one full course)
  • AP General Politics, 5  →  POLT 099 (one full course)

Note: Transfer credit received for POLT 099 may count toward the politics major, but it does not count toward the politics minor. Only one of these three examination areas can transfer advanced placement credit; earning a 5 on multiple AP politics exams will not grant multiple counts of transfer credit.

Majors and Minors