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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

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 [...]

Coach, NCAA Forum Nurture K Student’s Career Aspirations

Future College Coach Brad Bez Squatting Next to Logos Brad Bez ’19 says he has wanted to be a coach since he was in his first year at Kalamazoo [...]

2018 Senior Awards Ceremony Honors Students

2018 senior awards Congratulations to the following Kalamazoo College students who received awards during the [...]

Career Summit Featured Speaker: Carolyn DeWitt ’04

Carolyn DeWitt Registration for Career Summit 2018 is now closed. Students who are interested in attending [...]

Career Summit Featured Speaker: Brad O’Neill ’93

Brad O'Neill A distinguished group of alumni will join Silicon Valley executives and venture capitalists [...]

Distinguished Judge Testifies to Power of K-Plan

Judge Gerald Rosen talks with students at Kalamazoo College   Testifying to the enduring value of the K-Plan, renowned former U.S. District [...]