Welcome from the Chair

About the Department

The mission of the Department of Political Science (POSC) is to generate new knowledge about politics and government through scholarly research, and to disseminate those findings in peer-reviewed publications, at scholarly meetings, and through traditional and new media. An equally important goal of POSC is to transmit our knowledge and practical experience of politics to our graduate and undergraduate students so they can develop the comprehensive research, writing, and analytical skills needed to pursue successful careers in academics, business, law, and the professions.

We have a highly talented and esteemed department by national standards that serves almost 500 undergraduate majors and more than 70 doctoral students. Our faculty members regularly win national and university research and teaching awards, and publish in the most prestigious journals and university presses.  Our undergraduate majors have been awarded top international and national prizes including Marshall, Truman, and Fulbright Fellowships. Those who apply to graduate school have been accepted by the best doctoral programs in the country and those seeking legal training regularly gain entry to the most competitive law schools.

Please visit our website often to stay informed about upcoming departmental conferences, workshops, and events, and to learn more about the latest research activities and accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni.



Dennis Chong

Professor, POSC Department Chair

  • Department of Political Science