Department of Political Science

“The method of political science is the interpretation of life; its instrument is insight, a nice understanding of subtle, unformulated conditions." — Woodrow Wilson

As an important part of a liberal arts education, political science helps you identify and define important issues in the world, think critically about those issues, and encourage others to make a positive difference. As you explore diverse ideas and research methods, you will gain exposure to a wide array of viewpoints and perspectives on both political issues and public affairs.

Student Awards and Honors

We present two awards, the annual award for the graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade point average, and the Jonathan L. Besecker Best Paper Award. Both awards carry cash prizes.

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