Political Science


A student makes a statement at the 2013 Model AU conference.

Rep Marcy Kaptur talks with a student during her visit to BW. 

Featured POL Alum

Ashley Freytag

Student Travels and Activities

Throughout the semester, Political Science and International Studies majors participate in a variety of internships and study abroad programs from Vienna (Austria) and Bogota (Colombia) to Rome (Italy) and La Guaria (Venezuela). 


Emily Householder

Amanda Van Gilder

Charlie Hayes


Students & Outcomes

In addition to the hundreds of students throughout the BW campus who take Political Science courses to fulfill core requirements and personal interests, our department works closely with over 175 students majoring in Political Science, International Studies, and Criminal Justice Studies. 

Our faculty serve as advisors for these students in addition to teaching a variety of courses that fulfill the requirements of the three majors.

Out-of-the classroom involvement enhances learning

Our students engage in a wide variety of activities in and out of the classroom. Recent examples include participation in student organizations such as College Democrats and College Republicans. 

Our department also has a vigorous Model U.N. program, with award-winning teams competing in the Harvard National Model U.N. conference each year, a regional Model U.N. conference in Cleveland (LEMIUN), and a Model African Union (AU) and the Model North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) programs held at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Outstanding faculty bridge coursework to real-world dynamics

The political science faculty emphasize the importance of open debate, rigorous studies, and teaching students the latest information, theory, and analytical techniques in political science. 

Faculty use a variety of teaching techniques to stimulate thought and discussion, such as simulation activities, debates, student presentations, Socratic dialogue, group projects and field research.  

The faculty are committed to encouraging students to become engaged in course material, with the hope of increasing interest and participation in civic activity in communities, the nation, and the world.   

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