School of Social & Cultural Studies: Political Science Department
The Political Science Department at Truman is home to a community of engaged professors who care about the success of their students in college and beyond. Dr. John Wahlke, past president of the American Political Science Association, called Truman's program the best undergraduate political science program that he had ever seen.
While studying the way our everyday lives are shaped by politics, a political science major or minor develops strong critical thinking and analytical skills. In addition, our program focuses on the cultivation of strong research and writing, as well as oral presentation skills. Moreover, our focus on the underlying theories that drive political behavior gives our students a deep understanding of why things happen in the world of politics.
Students receive expert advice from faculty mentors on courses and other academic issues and have close working relationships with dedicated professionals who can advise them on the next step in their career, whether it be law school, graduate school or a job in government or in the private sector.
Political Science Academic Programs
Political Science Department Mission
The Political Science Department's mission is to create graduates who are nationally competitive for positions in graduate programs, law schools, government, and other professional positions. We seek to instill in our students a sense of personal excellence and the habits of confident, life-long learners.
Truman State University students traveled to Chicago, Illinois to participate in the 2013 American Model United Nations Conference from November 23-26. Twenty five students portrayed Venezuela and the Syrian Arab Republic in this large conference, which consists of over 1,500 participants from 93 universities. The students had prepared for this event over the course of […]
Dr. John Quinn, Professor of Political Science, and Dr. Mike Rudy, Assistant Professor of Political Science, presented their paper “Hierarchies, Foreign Aid and Conflict Among Major Powers” at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago from April 11-14. Quinn also presented a paper with former colleagues Dr. John Ishiyama and Dr. Marijke Breuning entitled “Aid, […]