Majors & Minors

Political Science


The Political Science department explores the cultural, theoretical, institutional, and structural dimensions of politics. Through our courses, students explore political decision-making processes, analyze political ideologies and philosophies, engage in critical political analysis, and practice civic engagement with the world around them. 


Bob Snyder

Bob Snyder

Professor & Chair


Bob Snyder

Bob Snyder

Professor & Chair

Our major prepares students very well for graduate and professional school, but our goals extend beyond the academic realm. Our classes work to cultivate analytical tools that prepare students for local, national, and global citizenship, while also developing skills for critical engagement with many different kinds of power structures. 

The discipline relies on multiple levels of analysis, moving from specific issues or problems faced by individuals or groups in different parts of the world, to theoretical analyses of the overarching political ideologies, theories, and structures that shape everyday life. 


Featured Alumni Stories

Kadidiatou (Kadi) Magassa ’13

Making a Difference

From Senegal to New York City, Kadidiatou Magassa ’13 has served communities as a Peace Corps volunteer, a domestic-violence case manager, and a coordinator for a children’s nonprofit.

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For many alumni expats, Southwestern provided various springboards to becoming a global citizen—jumping-off points discovered not in a foreign country but, rather, directly on campus and within U.S. borders.

Finding Common Ground

Southwestern University alumni take a path to global citizenship.

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Julien Meyrat ’98

Building Dreams

Southwestern alum Julien Meyrat ’98 is a senior designer at global design and architecture firm Gensler.

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Political Science News

Robert Hutchings

National Security, International Relations, and Diplomacy Expert to Speak at Southwestern

Robert Hutchings will visit SU on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

When a World Series crowd booed Trump, some cringed – and some celebrated. That’s not just partisanship.

Professor Emily Sydnor featured in Washington Post

The Washington Post political science blog The Monkey Cage published Sydnor’s piece about the MLB World Series, the booing of President Donald Trump during game five, and the findings from her new book.

Camille Martin, Class of 2019

Building Professional Skills and a Future in D.C. 

External funding expands the reach of a high impact student experience.