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.


Bob Snyder

Bob Snyder

Professor & Chair


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.


Featured Alumni Stories

Lindsey Knapton ’10 & Josh Spencer ’09

It’s a Journey, Not a Race

For Lindsey Knapton ’10, the Southwestern Experience, the Peace Corps, and a job at the Texas Senate shaped her current path as an assistant attorney general.

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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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Political Science News

Maureen Rendón ’21

Southwestern University Student Honored as Newman Civic Fellow

Music and political science double major Maureen Rendón ’21 is recognized as a campus leader for her commitment to public service.

SU Project for Civil Discourse

Southwestern University Warmly Welcomes Civil Liberties Expert Nadine Strossen during the Civil Discourse Festival

The student organizers of the SU Project for Civil Discourse will host a two-day event culminating in an election watch party on Super Tuesday.

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.