Academics & Community
Our students and alumni engage communities on a local, national and global level.
The controversies that grip our society and world make the study of politics more intriguing now than ever before. In response, our program encompasses both the traditional examination of government structures and processes, as well as the broader politics influencing our society.
See our catalog for requirements and courses.
We want our students to develop skills in critical thinking, modes of analysis and research that will last long after students have forgotten the details of our courses. We want to convey to our students a sense of civic responsibility by providing them with opportunities for experiential learning outside the classroom. In the classroom, we want to expose students to both government and politics; that is, to formal institutions and processes and also the dynamics of the power and politics than run our system both inside and outside government structures. Consistent with the university's mission, we want our students to be concerned about issues of peace, economic development and human rights at home and abroad.