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Political Science Department

Politics is principally about human beings coming together to collectively advance their common interest. In its best form, it is democracy whereby citizens have relatively equal influence over the decisions that affect the whole community, including themselves. In essence, politics is about human freedom. The Political Science Department is committed to these core values in its teaching and in its curriculum.

Ask the Fundamental Questions

  • How does American politics work? Do some benefit more than others? Can this be changed?
  • What causes war? Is war the failure of politics?
  • How does the international political system operate? Who has power in this system and why?
  • What is the nature of politics? What is the nature of democracy and how is it linked to equality, justice and freedom?
  • How do other countries govern their citizens? Who has power and why?

Through innovative teaching by our faculty, including debates, simulations, and dynamic discussions, our students have the opportunity to address these and many other fundamental questions about politics and public policy, in the U.S., other countries and the international system.

Meet the Political Science Department faculty and staff.

Our Academic Programs

Learn more about the programs offered by our department:

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Meet Ben – International Studies Major

Learn about the exciting course offerings featuring modern issues that Ben loves about the international studies major.

What we do in our political science classes is create a scaffolding or a framework to think about the world.
Dr. Sarah Surak Political Science Department Faculty

One Department, Two Majors

Within the department, we explore issues related to both Political Science and International Studies.

Student Information and Resources

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Political Science Internships Lead to Legislative Jobs

For recent SU graduates Rylie Shewbridge ’16 and Nadia Williams ’19, their internships as political science majors helped them gain experience and make connections in Maryland’s state capital. Both landed jobs with government officials once they graduated. Learn more about SU’s political science program and internship opportunities with the Maryland General Assembly.

  • 5 % Increase of SU Voters in 2016
  • 18 Courses Offered
  • 18 Current Presidential Citizen Scholars

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