Majors & Minors

Political Science


The Political Science department cultivates a students’ understanding of the cultural and theoretical dimensions of politics, as well as the institutional and structural dimensions of politics. Students develop the ability to understand decision-making processes and acquire the skills of political analysis.


Bob Snyder

Professor & Chair



Bob Snyder

Professor & Chair

Our major prepares students very well for graduate and professional school, but our goals also extend beyond the academic realm: we also give students critical and analytical tools toward preparing them for local, national, and global citizenship. 

The discipline relies on different 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. In addition to the wide range of topics that give focus to the study of politics, political scientists also employ different strategies and tools for understanding political life, from institutional methods of analysis, to cultural, historical, institutional, structural, and theoretical approaches.


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Political Science News

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.

Professor of Political Science Eric Selbin

Professor of Political Science’s Article Published by Millennium Journal

Dr. Eric Selbin’s article “Resistance and Revolution in the Age of Authoritarian Revanchism: The Power of Revolutionary Imaginaries in the Austerity-Security State Era” was recently published by Millennium: Journal of International Studies.

Laura Rativa ’19

Laura Rativa ’20 Recognized as a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow

Communication studies and political science double major Laura Rativa ’20 reflects on SU’s role in nurturing her lifelong dedication to servant–leadership.