Jolly Emrey, chair
Political Science Department
About the Programs
Students in the political science program will learn to think critically, communicate effectively, analyze and solve problems. They will graduate responsible citizens prepared to lead successful lives in the 21st century.
The department offers students a wide range of courses in all areas of political science, including American government and politics, public policy and administration, comparative government and politics, international relations and political theory. Students will learn a great deal from faculty members who are fully engaged in the discipline, publishing articles, serving in professional organizations and actively sharing their expertise with the community.
In addition to the political science major and minor, the department offers certificate programs in paralegal studies and lobbying. Programs in public policy and administration, international studies, public administration and legal studies are also available. Students in the growing international studies program can personalize their course of study based on their interest in foreign language, business, public diplomacy or international economics. They will study abroad and complete an internship.
Students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research and many have won research awards or have presented their work at local, state and national conferences. The newly established Center for Political Science and Public Policy Research allows students to work with faculty members on research projects that will benefit the area communities.
There are also plenty of opportunities for internships, with approximately 50 students completing political science internships each year in state legislative offices, congressional offices, city government, state agencies or nonprofit organizations. National internships can be arranged through The Washington Center.
Students are also encouraged to join the Political Science Student Association and the Pi Sigma Alpha national political science honor society. Students of all majors interested in careers in law and criminal justice should consider the "Legal Eagles" learning community.
Graduates of the program go on to careers in local, state and national government, law, law enforcement and criminal justice, lobbying, paralegal and government affairs in the private sector.
Six merit-based scholarships and one writing award are available to students in the political science program.