Politics is power. Congress, the presidency, world nations, the courts, local governments, interest groups, academics, the media, and citizens all engage in a multifaceted struggle over policies and the exercise of power that affects each one of us every day. Political science studies those entities and relationships, the forces they apply to shaping society, and how the results of this grand debate impacts our lives.
But political science at Morris is a lot more than theory; students get involved. They participate in political clubs and organizations (the Mock Trial Club, Pi Sigma Alpha, the International Relations Club, and more), pursue their own research, deliver papers at conferences, and take active roles in the processes that create policies. Community forums are frequently convened in response to current events. Research starts at the beginning of the curriculum, and Morris undergraduates have an impressive record of publications. In the capstone seminar, seniors put their skills to work creating a comprehensive research project that is presented to the academic community.
The Political Science Discipline at Morris is a small department with a big program and history of accomplishment. The work is serious, but the atmosphere is supportive and informal. The faculty of award-winning educators and campus leaders focus on doing, bringing scholarship and engagement to the public. The Discipline is noteworthy for its strengths in both behavioral and institutional approaches to political science. Some particular specialties of the versatile faculty are: political behavior, American public policy on the state and federal level, Korean-Russian relations, comparative political theory and environmental political theory. The faculty members share a feeling of commitment as teachers and mentors, and they work individually with students during the program and after, helping graduates find internships, placements, and other opportunities that lead to successful careers.
Most importantly, Morris alumni go on to influence the political process themselves. A Political Science degree from Morris has served as a springboard to careers in politics, law, labor relations, public policy, communications and international affairs, among others. Morris graduates regularly obtain admission for advanced degrees at highly acclaimed universities.