CLASS College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Youngstown State University
Department of Politics & International Relations/Rigelhaupt Pre-Law Center  


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Contact Information

Dr. Paul A. Sracic, Chair

Office Phone:  330-941-3436
Office Fax:  330-941-3439

Dr. Sracic's Most Recent Column for

Dr. Paul Sracic’s article Can Abe Sway Congress over TPP? was published in April of 2015 on  The article details the recent Congressional visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (TPP). 

The TPP is a potential free trade agreement which would involve the United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific-facing nations.  The agreement would expand U.S. influence in Asia resulting in a positive economic impact.

For further information, please read the entire article at:

Dr. Paul Sracic and Dr. William Binning Co-author a Book on Ohio Politics

Book cover:  Ohio Government and Politics

Dr. Paul Sracic and Dr. William Binning have published Ohio Government and Politics. 

The book reviews the history, processes, and institutions of Ohio’s government and politics and is published by CQ Press. 

For further information, please go to:

Welcome to the webpage of the Department of Politics and International Relations/Rigelhaupt Pre-Law Center at Youngstown State University.  The department is housed on the 4th floor of DeBartolo Hall on the west side of campus and has a student/faculty ratio of approximately 1:25. Most of our classes are taught by full-time faculty members. The full-time professors who make up the Political Science Department are considered experts in their fields, and are often quoted in regional and national publications. Please explore their individual webpages to learn more about their backgrounds, writings, and research interests.

The department also includes many programs and student organizations. The Urban Intern Program, Peace & Conflict Studies and the Global Education Program are just three examples of curricular programs. In addition, a Pre-Law Society meets throughout the year and helps organize a Law Day Program, a moot court team competes annually in the American Collegiate Moot Court Competition and the UNA-USA-YSU works with Global Education to organize the Model United Nations Team which has won many individual and team awards.

Pi Sigma Alpha

For their academic excellence, nineteen of our students have been inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.  

Alpha Alpha Rho Members

Pictured from left to right: 

Jordan Wolfe, Joe Bethuy, Joseph Ohlin, Shawn Beamer, Evangelos Sisalouis, Joseph Yuhasz, Bryce Miner, Mark Ragozine, Samuel Fabrizio, Emily Diorio, Jenette Morell, Katherine Morrison, Jillian Smith, Abigail Kovacs, Antonette Scharsu, and Greta Frost.

Not pictured but also inducted are: Jeffrey Bash, David Helmick, and Laurencia Canzonetta.


Scholarship Recipients Honored at Luncheon

2015 Rigelhaupt Scholarship Recipients

Recipients of the 2015-2016 Judge Sidney and Attorney Bert Rigelhaupt Pre-Law Scholarship were honored at a luncheon held on Thursday, June 4.  Funded by a trust held by the Famers Trust Company, the scholarship assists YSU students from Mahoning and Trumbull counties who plan to go to law school after graduation. 

The recipients of the 2015 Rigelhaupt Scholarship are:

Katina Darkadakis, Chelsea Ellis, Erik Glasgow, Rachael Jenkins, Patrick Kiraly, Andrik Massaro, Kelly Matanin, James Mullarkey, Joseph Ohlin, Haley Rusu, Briana Scott, Evangelos Sisalouis, Jillian Smith, Marissa Snyder, Matthew Stevens, Jordon Wolfe, and Kaitlyn Yoho.


Moot Court 2014-15

In November of 2014, YSU’s Moot Court Team competed in the Midwest Regional Moot Court Tournament held in Wooster, Ohio.  This is an annual tournament organized by the American Collegiate Moot Court Association.  At that tournament, YSU students Erik Glasgow and Andrik Massaro placed third qualifying them to compete at the National Moot Court Tournament held in Miami, Florida in January 2015.  YSU has qualified a team to send to the National’s for the past six years.  The team is coached by Dr. Paul Sracic, Chair, Politics and International Relations.

2015 Moot Court Team Erik Glasgow and Andrik Massaro
Model UN 2014-15

In November of 2014, the YSU Model United Nations Team competed with fellow students from across the Great Lakes region and earned second place in the Lake Erie Model U.N. Tournament.  Eight team members received individual awards. The team is coached by Dr. David Porter, Professor, Politics and International Relations.

2015 Model UN Team

Political Science Student Recognized at Harvard Conference

Abigail Kovacs



In March of 2015, Abigail Kovacs received a verbal recognition award at the Harvard National Model United Nations conference which was held in Boston, Massachusetts. Abigail represented the Republic of Kenya and is one of only two students YSU students to ever win an award at this conference. Abigail is a sophomore Political Science major on the foreign affairs track.

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