A political science degree, by its nature, leaves you with the best possible education on how to be a citizen of the world.

Learn not only about government and politics in the U.S. and abroad, but also critical thinking and reasoning skills that are helpful in almost any career field you choose.

Gain skills that are highly valued in many careers: conducting research, analyzing trends and events, and writing effectively.

Our extraordinary students have won highly prestigious awards, including Truman and Boren scholarship as well as Fulbright Scholarships to study around the world.

Patrice McMahon, Sergio Wals, Dona-Gene Mitchell, John Hibbing

Award–Winning Expertise

Our program is home to nationally and internationally renowned scholars and award-winning teachers who have made it one of the nation’s best. Our expertise is at your disposal, as it has been to The New York TimesTime Magazine,  CNN, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

From Students

“Political Science is the best major because through it you must learn and analyze the World's and America's policies.

Furthermore what other major forces you to question your presumed knowledge and assumptions.”

Political Science major

“Ever wanted to know how insurgencies operate?

Recently in Insurgency and Terrorism (Political Science 479) we did a research paper on the insurgency of our choice.

I picked the 30 year Eritrean struggle for independence against Ethiopia.

My paper could teach you about social, economic, and foreign conditions that created the Eritrean People's Liberation Front, inter-group struggles that slowed its success between 1972 and 1988, and why they were ultimately successful in 1991.”

Political Science major

“When Dr. Wals assigned to our class the task of interviewing a immigrant to the United States about their immigration experience, he reminded us that the facts and figures in our textbooks didn't tell the whole story: they were only representations of a vast and varied human phenomenon.

What I learned - and what Dean Manderscheid could learn - is to never forget that our actions, opinions, and policies have real-world consequences and should be considered carefully, not carelessly.”

Political Science major

Areas of Study


  • American Politics
  • Biology and Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • Public Policy


  • American Politics
  • Biology and Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Public Policy
  • Public Administration


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Patrice McMahon shares her view of how the U.S. should support peace and democratization in Egypt in light of the events there since protests began January 25, 2011.

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