The Department of Political Science offers the B.A. and B.S. degree with a major in political science with emphases in politics, public law, public administration and service, and international politics.
The emphasis in politics is designed for students who want maximum flexibility within their program of study or wish to create a particular specialization within political science, such as American government, biopolitics, or political theory.
The emphasis in public law is designed for political science students interested in public law, although students seeking admission to law school need not be political science majors nor must they follow any particular course of study. Students with an interest in pre-law should see “Pre-professional Studies.”
The emphasis in public administration and service is designed primarily for students seeking a career in public affairs in federal, state, or local governments; in voluntary social agencies or public interest groups; and for careers in business emphasizing the interaction between private enterprise and government.
The emphasis in international politics is for students seeking international careers, especially in governmental agencies and business.
Internship opportunities with academic credit are available through the department. Interested students should contact the department’s internship coordinator.
The department also offers a minor for students with an interest in politics. In addition, it participates in the interdisciplinary minors in black studies, Chinese/Japanese studies, classical studies, environmental studies, gerontology, international studies, Latino and Latin American studies, public administration, Southeast Asian studies, urban studies, and women’s studies. Non-majors can use one of several lower-division political science courses toward fulfilling the university’s general education requirements in the social sciences area.
A student may take no more than 15 semester hours in 100- and 200-level political science courses to be counted toward a political science major and no more than 9 semester hours in 100- and 200-level political science courses to be counted toward a political science minor.
Many of the courses offered by the department relate to more than one of the seven fields of political science. However, as a general guide to the student, the following numbering system is used.
–00 to –09, American government
–10 to –19, Public law
–20 to –39, Public policy/public administration
–40 to –49, Empirical theory and behavior
–50 to –59, Political theory
–60 to –79, Comparative politics
–80 to –89, International relations
–90 to –99, General
Political Science Faculty
Matthew J. Streb, Ph.D., Indiana University, associate professor, chair
Larry E. Arnhart, Ph.D., University of Chicago, Presidential Research Professor
Michael Buehler, Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science, assistant professor
Yu-Che Chen, Ph.D., Indiana University, associate professor
Michael Clark, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, assistant professor
Gerald T. Gabris, Ph.D., University of Missouri, Distinguished Teaching Professor
Gary D. Glenn, Ph.D., University of Chicago, Distinguished Teaching Professor, adjunct professor emeritus
Kikue Hamayotsu, Ph.D., Australian National University, assistant professor
Rebecca J. Hannagan, Ph.D., University of Nebraska, associate professsor
Christopher M. Jones, Ph.D., Syracuse University, professor
Shanthi Karuppusamy, Ph.D., Wayne State University, assistant professor
Heidi O. Koenig, Ph.D., Syracuse University, associate professor
Craig S. Maher, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, associate professor
Frederick D. Mayhew, Ph.D., North Carolina State University, assistant professor
Kimberly L. Nelson, Ph.D., North Carolina State University, assistant professor
Michael T. Peddle, Ph.D., Northwestern University, associate professor
John G. Peters, Ph.D., University of Illinois, professor
J. Mitchell Pickerill, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, associate professor
Andrea Radasanu, Ph.D., University of Toronto, assistant professor
Alicia M. Schatteman, Ph.D., Rutgers University, assistant professor
Scot Schraufnagel, Ph.D., Florida State University, associate professor
S. Adam Seagrave, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, assistant professor
H. Brendon Swedlow, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, associate professor
Kurt M. Thurmaier, Ph.D., Syracuse University, professor
Kheang Un, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, assistant professor
Daniel H. Unger, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, associate professor
Artemus E. Ward, Ph.D., Syracuse University, associate professor
Curtis H. Wood, Ph.D., University of Kansas, associate professor
Mikel L. Wyckoff, Ph.D., University of Maryland, adjunct associate professor emeritus