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.

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Bob Snyder

Bob Snyder

Professor & Chair

Phone

512.863.1938
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.



AFTER SOUTHWESTERN

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Political Science News

Southwestern’s 2018 Election Day Festival

Voting on Southwestern University Campus up in 2018

According to a national study, college-student voting doubled nationwide, and SU surpassed other institutions’ voting rate.

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Southwestern Sumners Scholars Explore Internships in DC

The Hatton W. Sumners Scholars Program creates high-impact experiences for SU’s best and brightest.

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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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Political Science Events

Political Science Interest Session and Lunch

The Political Science Department is hosting a lunch for faculty and students.This is a great time to learn more about the major and  minor, course offerings and events that the Political Science Department will be putting on and supporting this year.

Free lunch from Chipotle will be served.

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Dr. Bob Hutchings

Walt and Elspeth Rostow Chair in National Security and Professor of Public Affairs

The University of Texas at Austin
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