About the Political Science and International Relations Department

School of Social & Cultural Studies: Political Science and International Relations Department

The Political Science and International Relations 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.

Delving into the way our everyday lives are shaped by politics, students who study political science and international relations develop 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.

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Department Mission

The Political Science and International Relations 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.

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