Political Science

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Our political science program offers the critical thinking, communication, and research skills necessary to navigate, understand, and engage in the political world. We’ll help you translate these skills into career opportunities and admission into top law schools and graduate programs.

Your journey upward awaits

  • Our program provides excellent preparation for law school. Students can take advantage of the many resources at the Diehl Center for Law, combine political science with other high-impact programs such as our popular minor in legal studies, and take a number of law-related courses within political science, including constitutional law, international law, and the judicial process.
  • Enhance your communication and critical thinking skills by participating in one or more of our student clubs, including the award-winning Forensics Team, the Political Science Student Association (POSSA), and Model United Nations (MUN).
  • Small classes (35 to 50 intro courses and 12 to 24 in upper-level electives) promote substantial individual interaction with professors who are responsible for all aspects of the program from course instruction to advising.
  • We prioritize building skills, knowledge, and experience in the field through professional internships and individual research projects under close faculty supervision and, for select students, in conjunction with the Honors College.

Student discusses her undergraduate research during a recent regional research conference

Undergraduate Student Research

Our political science faculty are actively engaged in guiding and collaborating with undergraduate students on research, resulting in a number of scholarly presentations and publications.

Political science alumni offer advice to current political science majors during CASSH Con

Political Science Alumni Network

Studies in political science build skills and communicate knowledge that allow you to analyze political phenomena across a wide range of contexts. The wide variety of political science courses prepare you for active citizenship, professional careers in government, international affairs, business and nongovernmental organizations, and advanced studies in law, public administration, political science and other fields.

Political Science Contacts

Jeffrey Bosworth

Jeffrey Bosworth, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History, Education, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology
Jennifer Oast

Jennifer Oast, Ph.D.

  • Professor and Assistant Chair of the Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy