Department of Political Science

Political science encompasses the study of the institutions and processes of governance, political behavior and political philosophy, within the United States and abroad. Students will learn methods for analyzing these phenomena. The discipline is taught within five subfields—American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory and public administration. The department has internship programs in Washington and Montgomery.

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The department of political science offers two majors, one in political science and another in international studies, both of which culminate in the BA degree. Minors in both fields are also offered. Also, oversight of the public policy minor resides in the department of political science.


Chair and Professor
  • Smith, Joseph L.
  • Baldwin, J. Norman
  • Borrelli, Stephen A.
  • Cassel, Carol A.
  • DeRouen, Karl, Jr.
  • Fording, Richard C.
  • Gibler, Douglas M.
  • McKnight, Utz Lars
Associate Professors
  • Frazier, Derrick V.
  • Miller, Ted H.
  • Patton, Dana J.
  • Royed, Terry J.
Assistant Professors
  • Bauer, Nichole M.
  • Hale, Christopher W.
  • Hawley, George
  • Kerr, Nicholas N.
  • Levine, Daniel J.
Professors Emeriti
  • Alsikafi, Majeed
  • Chotiner, Barbara A.
  • Cotter, Patrick R.
  • Kline, Harvey F.
  • Oneal, John R.
  • Snow, Donald M.
  • Staub, Stephen A.
  • Stewart, William H.


Intro American Politics

Survey of the principles, political institutions, and practices of American national, state, and local politics.

Intro Public Policy

Survey of problems encountered by American governmental units in fields such as agriculture, welfare, education, health, and business regulation.

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