Chair: Emily A. Neff-Sharum4
Faculty: William G. Albrecht1, Gary L. Anderson, Jr. 2, Melissa Buice, , Tracy Cooper, Jordin Dickerson , Sojin Jang, Josiah Marineau, Martin Mayer, Mark Milewicz, Elizabeth L. Normandy
1 Internship Coordinator
2MPA Program Director
Political Science is the systematic study of politics. In its broadest sense, politics includes the decision‑making and decision‑enforcing processes concerned with the use of valued resources for any group that makes and enforces rules for its members. In this department the emphasis is upon the parts of these processes involving the government.
The Department of Political Science and Public Administration seeks to follow the aims of the liberal arts tradition. It also seeks to provide political science and public administration students with an educational background that will prepare them for a wide range of career opportunities from the fields of Law, Government Foreign Service, Public Administration, Journalism, “Practical Politics,” and Teaching. The Department does this by offering a B.A. with four concentration options: General Political Science, Pre-Law, Public Policy and Administration, and International Studies. Students with a GPA of a 3.4 or higher are eligible to apply for the Political Science B.A. and Master of Public Administration five-year combined program. This program allows students to earn both degrees in five years by taking graduate courses during their senior year of the undergraduate work.
The Department also offers the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree with concentrations in General Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, and Health Administration. For complete information about programs and courses, see the Graduate School section of the catalog.
- Political Science, B.A., and Public Administration, M.P.A., Five-Year Combined Track
- Political Science, General Option, B.A.
- Political Science, International Studies Option, B.A.
- Political Science, Pre Law Option, B.A.
- Political Science, Public Policy and Administration Option, B.A.
CoursesPublic Policy and AdministrationPolitical ScienceSpecial Topics in Political Science