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Political Science Collection Development Guidelines

General Department Information

The Department of Political Science web page can be found here.

Departmental Goals

The Department of Political Science offers a wide variety of programs leading to B.A., M.A., M.P.A., and Ph.D. degrees. The department grants two B.A. degrees, one in Political Science and one in Applied Conflict Management. The undergraduate program in Political Science provides students with a broad base of lower division courses and then the opportunity to specialize in either American politics, international and comparative politics, or public policy. The focus of the graduate program is in the area of public policy, with specialized sub-fields including American politics and policy, transnational/comparative politics and policy, policy analysis and administration, and justice politics and policy.

Departmental areas of concentration

  • American politics
  • Comparative politics
  • Conflict Management
  • International Relations
  • Public policy/Public Administration
  • World politics

Degrees offered:

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts (majors in Political Science and Applied Conflict Management) 

Special programs within the department

The Center for Applied Conflict Management conducts research, develops theory, and offers education, training, and public service in the field of conflict resolution.

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Scope of Coverage

The following subject areas are collected at the research study level:

  • Political science - general works.
  • Nationalism.
  • Federal and state relations.
  • Forms, purpose of the state. Human rights.
  • Government.

The following subject areas are collected at the advanced study level:

  • Political theory.
  • Constitutional history and administration.
  • United States.
  • Emigration and immigration.
  • Local government.
  • Asia. Africa. Australia. Oceania.
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • International relations

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Apply the Following Parameters to the Above Scope of Coverage Areas 


Primary emphasis is on the English language.


Date of publication

Emphasis on current materials.


Geographical guidelines

No restrictions


Multiple copies

Only when warranted by high demand.

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Material Types

Recent Acquisitions



Advanced study level and research level scholarly materials are emphasized. Preference is given to publications of University Presses.

Audiovisual material

Purchased upon request from the departmental faculty in support of classroom instruction.

Theses and dissertations

Selectively acquired in support of graduate and faculty research.

Microform reproductions

Selectively acquired in support of graduate and faculty research.


Current list of department subscriptions

Recent volumes of a select number of scholarly journals in the discipline are also available online through the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC)

Back issues and full runs of selected scholarly journals focusing on Political Science are also available online through KentStateUniversity’s subscription to JSTOR. A current list of titles is available here.

Government Documents

The collection is strong from 1962-present, with earlier collections obtained from purchases and donations.All materials are cataloged and accessible via Kentlink.

Methods of acquisition

As a member of the Federal Depository Library Program, Kent State University receives federal documents at no cost. Kent State University is also a State of Ohio Depository Library, and acquires many free state documents and publications as a result.

Federal publications

Many agencies, including the United States Department of State and the United States Government’s Official Web Portal, publish and distribute information in support of the research and instructional interests of the Department of Political Science.

Federal Depository, Documents Data Miner

Government Information Databases


Online Services and Electronic Resources

Access to articles and databases, including full-text, is available here.

  • CQ Researcher
  • Declassified Documents
  • PAIS International
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

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