About the Department
The Department of Political Science encourages students to reflect on the political demands that will inevitably fall on them as citizens and as human beings. No civilized society exists without government, and no modern government can survive without relating to its citizens. Political Science teaches students to think critically, to analyze, and to rationalize their opinions as citizens. Students gain an understanding of national and international government, politics, and political philosophy.
Our faculty members are committed to quality teaching, mentoring, and research. In an environment of discussion-based classroom experiences and independent research opportunities, students develop analytical abilities, communication skills, and political research methods. They may major in three tracts of study: International Studies, Law and Constitutional Studies, or Political Science. Our chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honors society for political science, has been recognized as one of the best in the country.
The department helps connect students with internships in federal and state legislatures, regulatory agencies, lobbying firms, think tanks, corporations and international organizations. Our graduates leave equipped to participate responsibly in civic affairs and pursue careers in government, law, journalism and consultants.