How do societies balance the objectives of order, freedom and equality? What are the causes of conflict in today’s world and how are these conflicts resolved? How are scarce resources allocated? What is power and how is it used inside countries and internationally?
These are just some of the important and challenging questions addressed by the field of political science. Like other social science disciplines, political science focuses on decision-making, using tools ranging from quantitative analysis to political philosophy to investigate how and why collective decisions are made. Students in political science engage with complex topics such as law, diplomacy, elections, race, human rights, war, values, identity, security, justice, economy, the environment, gender, and political behavior.
A degree in political science leads to a wide range of rewarding careers. Employers value people who can adapt and solve problems, who have excellent written and oral communication skills, who are able to understand and use quantitative data, and who can think critically and creatively. Classes in political science stress the development and exercise of exactly these kinds of skills.
Our department provides an outstanding education in political science, with award-winning faculty dedicated to an individualized approach to student success. Our small class sizes allow us to work closely with students to develop the skills and knowledge to prepare them for rewarding careers and meaningful civic lives. In addition to a wide range of courses, every political science student completes a senior research project and presents their work at a professional political science conference. The flexibility of the political science major allows students to follow a Pre-law, American politics, or International affairs path, while also exploring the full diversity of the political science field. We offer exceptional internship opportunities locally and in our signature Washington, DC program. Our students are actively engaged in departmental and campus life, whether it is in Model United Nations, the Political Science Honorary Society, Pizza and Politics discussions, the Pre-law club, or Student Government.
In 2015, our department inaugurated the Meador Center for Politics and Citizenship. Dedicated to the academic inquiry of political engagement, the Meador Center offers scholarships to support student research, civic engagement, and study away/study abroad. The Meador Center also supports public lectures and civic programming that enrich the local community and provide a lively and intellectually stimulating campus environment.
Drury political science graduates attend the best law schools and graduate programs in the country, including recently the University of Chicago, Brown, Washington University, Vanderbilt, and Georgetown. Our graduates work in both the public and private sectors, including law, international organizations, media, academia, government, secondary education, non-profits, administration, human resources, diplomacy, and business.