Political Science

Program Information

Professors: Berry, Dugas, Einspahr (Chair), Elman

Political Science is an essential component of a liberal arts education, providing students with the tools to understand the complex world of politics and, in the process, to become better citizens. As a field of academic study, Political Science is both a classical discipline and a more recently developed social science. The study of politics utilizes philosophical, historical, comparative and empirical analysis to examine governments, transnational institutions, political movements, politics, and policies. Knowledge of these areas enables students to participate more effectively in the political process on behalf of their own values. Students also learn skills to scrutinize both their own value systems and those of others.

The Political Science Department seeks to provide broad yet rigorous training in the fields of U.S. politics, comparative politics, international politics, and political theory. This training provides a thorough grounding for study in graduate and professional schools (including law school), as well as preparation for public service, nongovernmental employment, civic engagement, and political activism at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Political Science Department News

Initial Wait Leads K Student to Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarship Winner Kimberly Yang “Pleasant surprise” and “final exams” rarely are uttered in the same breath even at Kalamazoo [...]

Economic Inequality and Political Power in America

Martin Gilens Martin Gilens will deliver the 2016 William Weber Lecture in Government and Society on January [...]

K Expert on Anti-Semitism and the EU Addresses Colloquium in England

Amy Elman, the Weber Professor in Social Science, traveled to Bristol, England, in September [...]

Jewish Studies Program Sponsors Panel Discussion

Jewish Studies Program Sponsors Panel Discussion On Wednesday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m., the Jewish Studies program at Kalamazoo College will [...]

Lux Esto. Forever.

K College student shows off "Lux Esto" tattoo What would you do to remind yourself and others just how much you loved and appreciated your [...]

K alumnus and trustee Eugene Bissell ’76 is a Hall of Famer

Eugene Bissell ’76 didn’t know much about propane when he started in the industry in the [...]

Memorial Service for Wen Chao Chen

Dr. Wen Chao Chen A memorial service to celebrate the life of Wen Chao Chen, one of Kalamazoo College’s most [...]