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

2019 Senior Awards Ceremony Honors Students

2019 Senior Awards Ceremony cDUGAL 2019_0521 Congratulations to the following Kalamazoo College students who received awards during the [...]

Influential Professor Noah Feldman to Deliver K’s Flesche Lecture

Flesche Lecture Speaker Noah Feldman A respected law professor called “one of the stars of his generation” by Supreme Court Justice [...]

K Student’s Fellowship Targets Cyber Threats

Natalie Thompson's Fellowship Addresses Cyber Threats As global cyber threats target U.S. businesses and the government, organizations such as the [...]

Positive Attitude, Dedication Are Hallmarks of Senior Leadership Honorees

Students Honored with Senior Leadership Recognition Awards cDugal 8963 Thirty students known for their invaluable contributions to the Kalamazoo College community [...]

Senior Performance Series Runs Through Sunday

Senior Performance Series Kalamazoo College students are continuing the tradition of directing and performing in their [...]

New Study Abroad Programs Will Connect Students, Interests

New Study Abroad Programs Students will learn about social, racial and economic issues in five new study abroad programs [...]

Voting Today: Get a Ride to the Polls

K Votes logo marks voting organization Vote in the midterm election today with some help from K Votes, a non-partisan coalition that [...]

Honors Day 2018 Celebrates Student Achievements

5 students and Provost on stage during Honors Day 2018 Convocation Kalamazoo College Family Weekend served as the backdrop for the Honors Day 2018 convocation. [...]

Key Black Lives Matter Voice to Speak at K

DeRay Mckesson of Black Lives Matter A leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement and one of Fortune’s World’s Greatest [...]

Career Exploration Takes K Students to Windy City

11 K to the Windy City participants at the el train Five Kalamazoo College juniors and eight sophomores are back from Chicago after a three-day [...]