May 17, 2022  
2021-2022 Hill Book (Class of 2025) 
2021-2022 Hill Book (Class of 2025)

Political Science & International Studies

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Department Chairperson:

Robert Rodgers
Office: Martin Institute 220
Phone: 508-565-1173
A. Ohanyan (Sabbatical, Fall 2019-Spring 2020)
Associate Professors:
B. Scholz
P. Ubertaccio (Dean of the May School of Arts & Sciences)

Assistant Professors:
K. Buckman
R. Rodgers
Visiting Assistant Professor:
A. Mhanje

The Department of Political Science and International Studies offers a major with concentrations in Government and Politics, International Relations, or Public Policy.  Minors in Political Science and International Studies, and Public Policy are also offered.

Departmental Mission

The mission of the major program in Political Science and International Studies is to offer students a broadly-based core curriculum through which knowledge of the principles and practices of political life, democratic citizenship, and political activity are acquired. The major provides a foundation for graduate work and for careers in law, government service, business, elective office, journalism, international affairs, education, and related fields.

Learning Goals

Majors in Political Science & International Studies achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1. Become acquainted with each of the four major subfields within the discipline: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.
  2. Use critical reading and critical thinking to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate major arguments, theories, and data in the discipline.
  3. Formulate and express, orally and in writing, well-organized arguments supported by evidence.
  4. Conduct research in politics to generate knowledge using primary, secondary and theoretical materials in support of an original argument.
  5. Articulate information needs, find the resources to meet them, and use that data ethically to create new knowledge. 
  6. Develop personal and social responsibility and understand equity, diversity, inclusivity, and the impact of power and privilege, through the study of ethical principles and reasoning, application of civic knowledge, and interaction with diverse and global cultures.
  7. Demonstrate continuing engagement in public affairs - local, national and global - by applying knowledge and skills to think, act, and lead with courage toward the creation of a more just and compassionate world



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