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
Apr 22
Pi Sigma Alpha Awards event
04:00 pm
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The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce that Cadet Madeline Wilcox is the spring 2014 recipient of the Political Science future Military Leaders Scholarship. This is an exclusive academic excellence award for KU ROTC cadets who are also political science majors and was made possible through a generous donation by Roberto Montoya. The first award was in 2011. Cadet Wilcox is a senior Army ROTC cadet majoring in political science with a cumulative 3.41 GPA. Wilcox will be joining the Army Field Artillery branch after her graduation and commissioning in May 2014. Her father is a retired Army officer and her brother is currently serving in the Army Reserves.

The Big Event at KU 2014 The 2014 Big Event connected the KU campus with the Lawrence community by recruiting 3,000 student, faculty, and staff volunteers to work at 300 local job sites during one day of service.  Registration for volunteers and job requests for residents will be available in fall 2014 for the 2015 Big Event. Check for updates at http://thebigeventku.com .


Books by faculty

POLS Doctorate program ranked #31 of public universities
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