Majors & Minors

Political Science

 Southwestern faculty and students explore the various dimensions of power, analyze political philosophies and behaviors, and practice civic engagement with the world around them.

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Bob Snyder

Bob Snyder

Professor & Chair

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512.863.1938
Bob Snyder

Bob Snyder

Professor & Chair

Studying political science is crucial to understanding one of the most powerful institutions shaping our lives: government. By comparing how different ideologies and forms of government have developed and evolved, analyzing how power and resources are distributed throughout a society and the world, and examining the impact of political events and public policies throughout history and across countries, students of the discipline become more informed, engaged participants within the local, national, and global communities.

At Southwestern, majoring or minoring in political science will broaden your understanding of a range of fascinating topics:

  • campaigns and elections
  • domestic and foreign policy
  • international politics
  • civil discourse
  • the relationship between media and politics
  • the relationship between politics and gender
  • models of political leadership
  • theories of revolution, conflict, and peace
  • ideologies and political philosophies

You’ll cultivate the analytical tools, creative thinking, and communication skills that will prepare you for effective critical engagement with many different kinds of power structures. Those skills will also help you develop a sound foundation for future study in  a wide variety of professions as well as graduate programs. Recent Southwestern political science alumni are currently pursuing careers in law, government, K–12 and higher education, nonprofits, urban planning, business, and international affairs.



AFTER SOUTHWESTERN

Featured Alumni Stories

Alumni Spotlight: Amanda McMillian '95

Listening for Understanding

Amanda McMillian ’95 negotiates change throughout a distinctive career.

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The outreach project Wander Like Water was born: the Houstons would produce videos for YouTube and social media in which they would showcase not just their travels but also educate viewers about how each water source they’d visit “has a story, an issue, or a threat.”

Wander Like Water

Southwestern alumni adventurers raise awareness about water and educate the public about sustainability.

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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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EXPLORE SOUTHWESTERN

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.

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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.

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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.

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