About the Political Science Department

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.

BBQ Celebrates GraduatesBBQ Celebrates Graduates

April 15, 2019

The complimentary meal includes burgers, hot dogs, drinks and dessert. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available on request.

Academic Accolade Banquet Winners AnnouncedAcademic Accolade Banquet Winners Announced

April 15, 2019

David Gillette, Priscilla Riggle and Justin Jarvis were selected as Educator of the Year, Faculty Mental Health Honoree of the Year and Research Mentor of the Year, respectively.

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April 27 • 8:45am - 3:30pm

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