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

Bob Snyder

Professor & Chair


Bob Snyder

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

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.

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Southwestern University alumni take a path to global citizenship.

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Julien Meyrat ’98

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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.