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Department of

Political Science and International Relations

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Mission Statement

The Department of Political Science and International Relations is committed to the liberal arts tradition of intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, and a pluralistic and diverse curriculum. We aim to excel as teachers and scholars and to inspire students to become passionate, life-long learners. We offer a range of courses that address every corner of the globe and that prepare students to be astute and keen political observers and actors. Through our courses, we provide opportunities for students to improve their critical thinking skills and the ability to read, write, and speak clearly, skills that are central to the liberal arts tradition and that are crucial for students to practice democratic citizenship. To supplement these courses, we provide internship, community service learning, and study abroad opportunities that encourage learning outside of the classroom.

While politics is an ancient study, we believe that it is highly relevant to students’ lives today. Not only do we expect our students to graduate with a solid understanding of the theories, practices, and institutions of politics, but also, with an appreciation of how to create a more just and humane world.

Faculty, Alumni, and Internship Profiles

Del Dickson Faculty Profile

Faculty spotlight

Del Dickson, PhD

Lindsay Gilchrist Alumni Profile

Alumni spotlight

Lindsay Gilchrist

US Marshals Internship Profile

PS/IR Internship

US Marshalls