The Department of Political Science is a strong academic community with both undergraduate and graduate programs.

We offer the undergraduate major in political science, a Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) program, and two certificate programs – one in Nonprofit Management and one in Urban and Economic Development. We are committed to connecting to our students in ways that assist them in developing their intellectual and career aspirations.

Most of our courses are taught in sections of 40 or fewer students, we encourage our majors to be involved in student organizations in the department, and our undergraduate faculty advisors meet each semester individually with students as they plan their schedules.

Faculty Research

Laughter As Politics Book Cover

Dr. Patrick Giamario

Laughter as Politics offers a novel account of laughter’s role in contemporary political life. A world awash in hilarity has rendered the traditional philosophical question of whether laughter should play a role in politics obsolete. Faced with the laughter generated by late-night comedians, Twitter trolls, and reality TV presidents, we must instead trace how laughter operates politically…

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Alumni Profile

Sarah Quillen

Sarah Quillen Sarah Quillen, CFRE, in February 2023, began serving as the Executive Director of ILADS, which is a nonprofit, […]

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Office Hours

The Political Science Department Office is open Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

To arrange an appointment, please contact the professor you need to see to schedule a time for your visit.  If you are not sure, whom you need to contact regarding your question, please send an email describing the issue to and we will forward your email to the appropriate person. 

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