What part of your life IS NOT influenced by politics or public policy?

Come engage our political science professors and students in this discussion through our courses and research. Blake Hall holds an exclusive spot near the Chancellor's residence hugging the edge of the hill and all are welcome to our corner of the campus. Use the links on this page to begin charting your future path in the private, public, or non-profit sector. We can create opportunities for you!

The Department of Political Science offers degrees for undergraduate (B.A., B.G.S.) and graduate (M.A., Ph.D.) students. If you have questions about our graduate or undergraduate programs, we invite you to contact us. Our Graduate Director is Associate Professor Mark Joslyn and our Undergraduate Director is Associate Professor Christina Bejarano. Our course offerings are grouped according to subfields which represent our discipline: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Public Policy and Political Theory.   People who are interested in joining our department are invited to peruse our faculty and graduate student listing in order to contact people who share their interest.

Don Haider-Markel, Professor & Chair

Upcoming Events
Early notice... ISIS/ISIL: Beyond the Headlines: The What, How and Why and Look Toward Solutions Goran Sabah Ghafour Thursday, December 4 7:00 pm Centennial Room, Kansas Union With ISIS/ISIL dominating U.S. and International headlines in recent months, it has sometimes been difficult to understand what is really happening on the ground, and how the situation has come to such a critical point. Goran Sabah Ghafour, a native of Iraqi Kurdistan, offers a perspective not often available through general mass media outlets. How and why did ISIS/ISIL come to be the force that it is today and what might be done to halt the spread of its influence in Iraq, Syria and the whole of the Middle East? Goran Sabah Ghafour is a writer and journalist from Iraqi Kurdistan, writing about deep-rooted issues of the Middle East and North Africa. He is currently a PhD/GTA student at the University of Kansas studying journalism. He is a Fulbright Alumni and founding member of the AKnews news agency based in Iraq, as well as the author of several books. His latest novel, “The Statues” (2014) follows the struggles of a revolutionary leader a decade after the Arab Spring.
The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity is hosting PROJECT VOTE, with panel about election, Thurs Oct 30 5:30pm Kansas Union Ballroom
Inside KU: Protein research, biodiesel fuel, and KU's Bioscience & Technology Business Center "Inside KU" takes a look at how the expanded Bioscience & Technology Business Center (http://bit.ly/1zzPvrw) brings a number of beneficial services to small start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between. Also: A KU startup at the BTBC, KanPro, is producing proteins for research in medicine, biotechnology, and life sciences (See http://bit.ly/1DSY3s9). KU Innovation and Collaboration focuses on turning the university’s research into industry (See http://bit.ly/ZTOKZF). The "Feedstock to Tailpipe Initiative" grows algae to provide a sustainable source for biodiesel fuel (See http://bit.ly/1oPRovz). Undergraduate Research Awards allow students to explore their fields deeper (See http://bit.ly/KUcugr). **The Time Warner Cable Sports Network's "Inside KU" is hosted by Jeannie Hodes.**

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