Political Science Major & Minor

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Whether you’re looking for a career in politics, law, teaching, grassroots organization or political consulting, there’s a place for you here as a political science major or minor at Truman.

A Focus on Undergraduate Education in Small Classes

Unlike many universities where students are taught in a large auditorium by graduate students, your classes at Truman are small and taught by professors with doctorates. You’ll quickly learn why Dr. John Walke, past-president of the American Political Science Association, called it the best undergraduate political science program he had ever seen.

Learn to Lead

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Learning the underlying theories that drive political behavior gives our students a deep understanding of why things happen in the world of politics – and helps them find a place in it. Our program focuses on cultivating the strong research, writing and oral presentation skills necessary to achieve in this ever-changing field, wherever you choose to take your career.

Build Critical-Thinking and Research Skills

Our program develops strong critical thinking and analytical skills. You’ll work one-on-one with faculty on their research—many times faculty will co-author papers with students—and present together at conferences or publish them in professional journals. This experience gives you the edge when you start your career, often leading to opportunities before you even graduate.

Be Competitive for Top Graduate Schools and Law Schools

Student Spotlight

As a Truman political science graduate, you’ll be nationally competitive for careers and further education after graduation. Since 2003, we have placed 79% of our graduates in law schools or graduate programs. Here are just a few places our students end up:

  • Harvard Law School
  • Duke University
  • University of Chicago
  • Syracuse University
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Michigan
Truman Earns No. 1 Ranking for 21 Consecutive YearsTruman Earns No. 1 Ranking for 21 Consecutive Years

September 18, 2017

In the recently released 2018 Best College rankings, Truman was again listed as the No. 1 public university, No. 8 overall, in the Midwest regional rankings.

Interfaith Connections Strengthen Student BondsInterfaith Connections Strengthen Student Bonds

September 18, 2017

Hillel is Truman's only Jewish organization, and while it is not unusual for the group to have non-Jewish members, this past year saw the inclusion of its first Muslim member.

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