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Political Science

  • Spring 2015 Newsletter
  • Pacifica OC hosted Dr. Mahoney to speak on “The Evolution of U.S. Counterterrorism Policy”
  • Dean’s List of Graduating Master Student
  • MUN wins honors at Northwest Model UN Conference
  • 2014 Hamburg Model UN Conference
  • Political Science Alumni Nina Flores fought predatory for-profit schools from the inside
  • Political Science Emeritus Professor Ron Schmidt Selected as 2014 Frank J Goodnow Recipient
  • Make Use of Your Resources: Political Science Department Student Resource Library
  • Spring 2014 Department Awards Reception
  • The Washington Mentoring Program


Political science is a recognized academic discipline that combines the best aspects of the liberal arts tradition. It trains students to think critically while arming them with important information about the 21st century; thus, it prepares them for the workforce and for the demands of democratic citizenship today. It draws on contemporary issues such as geopolitics, immigration, changing demographics, cyberspace politics, and terrorism, and provides students with strong analytic skills in order to analyze these. Moreover, with its combined focus on critical thinking and empirical knowledge, political science empowers students to question the values of our society and to orient our democratic ideals to the changing realities of the current century. Its broad, liberal arts framework inspires active citizenship and offers training that will serve students’ needs throughout their entire lives.