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.


Featured Alumni Stories

Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds ’87

Leap of Faith

Spotlight on Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds ’87

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We Remember Dr. Suksoon Suh

Dr. Suksoon Suh, former Southwestern faculty member and beloved friend of the University, passed away on September 9, 2017.

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Jacob Beswick ’07, Distinguished Young Alumnus

How many Southwestern alumni have contributed to the U.N. Secretary General’s report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict? By our count, just one: Jacob Beswick, a 2007 magna cum laude graduate with a double major in political science and Spanish.

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Political Science News

Washington, D.C.

My Summer in D.C.

Conner Joyce ’19 spends his summer interning with the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Laura Rativa '21

From Southwestern to the Supreme Court

SU student Laura Rativa ’21 has her sights set on becoming a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Natalie DeCesare ‘19

Natalie DeCesare SU ‘19 Honored as a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow

The Newman Civic Fellowship  “recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.”