Political Science Major & Minor

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

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

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

Student Internships

Mock Trial Team

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Jenna Fischer Speech Moved to Pershing ArenaJenna Fischer Speech Moved to Pershing Arena

March 18, 2019

The speech was originally scheduled for Baldwin Auditorium, which has a capacity of about 1,400. Free tickets for that event were claimed within 24 hours, and a wait list quickly accumulated more than 200 requests before that service ended. With the venue now switched to Pershing Arena, which has a seating capacity of 2,500, tickets will again be made available.

Havana Cuba All-Stars to Finish Out Kohlenberg Lyceum SeasonHavana Cuba All-Stars to Finish Out Kohlenberg Lyceum Season

March 18, 2019

This tour brings together some of Cuba's greatest musicians, as well as three of the country's finest dancing couples. With rhythms and melodies from the cha cha to the rumba, from "Son Cubano" style to the salsa, the All-Stars will showcase a wide variety of Cuban beats. The group is inspired and dedicated to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens.

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