Political Science

Program Information

Professors: Berry, Dugas (Chair), Einspahr, 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

Minnesota City Counts on K Student’s Election Internship

Kaitlyn Dexter Election Internship_fb Kaitlyn Dexter ’22 has fond childhood memories of going to the polls with her dad on past [...]

Honors Convocation Lauds Students’ Achievements

Honors Day Convocation More than 250 students were recognized Friday during the annual Honors Day Convocation for [...]

K Votes Offers Election Day Help, Events

I Voted Sticker on K Votes jacket K Votes, a nonpartisan coalition from the Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Center for Civic [...]

Building Blocks Intern Repairs Trauma, Connects Community Members

Jonah Bolton Supervises at Building Blocks Worksite_fb Kalamazoo College students such as Jonah Bolton ’21 who sought on-the-job work experience and [...]

Student’s Own Podcast Shapes His Ideas on Immigration

Mihail Naskovski Immigration Podcast From halfway around the world and without leaving the city, a Kalamazoo College student this [...]

Three Faculty Members Earn Tenure

Shanna Salinas tenure 2 Three Kalamazoo College faculty members from the English, music and political science [...]

Pandemic Strikes with Students Far from Home

Pandemic in China_fb When Kalamazoo College students began their international immersion experiences this academic [...]

Honors Day Rewards Student Excellence

Honors Day Convocation_Facebook Family Weekend served as the backdrop for the Honors Day 2019 convocation. More than 250 [...]

Professor, Author to Deliver Weber Lecture

William Weber Lecture Speaker Joe Soss 2 A professor and author known for exploring the interplay of democratic politics, societal [...]

Change Ringing Award Honors K Alumnus, Student

Change Ringing Award Recipient Ian McKnight One Kalamazoo College alumnus and one student have ensured K’s reputation as a home for change [...]