Political Science

Political Science

SMU Campus

The Political Science Department offers an unusually broad curriculum covering the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and topics such as international politics, domestic and international political economy, executive and legislative politics, and constitutional law.  The faculty are dedicated to undergraduate teaching as well as highly distinguished in research.

Classes are limited to thirty-five students at the introductory level and thirty at the advanced level.  All of the Department's faculty members teach introductory courses, and all introductory courses are taught by faculty rather than graduate students.  The quality of the Department's teaching is high, and the Department has an active, productive research faculty.  Students study with nationally visible faculty and are given the opportunity to become involved in significant research projects, and are eligible for summer or semester internships in Washington, D.C. 

The John G. Tower Center for Political Studies provides undergraduates with unique opportunities to meet and interact with experts in international relations and comparative politics.  The Center brings a distinguished diplomat to campus each year, and past diplomats-in-residence have included Ambassador Robert Strauss in 1995, and Vice President Richard Cheney, former Secretary of Defense, in 1996.  The Center also sponsors internships and research fellowships for undergraduate students.

Studies in political science combine well with courses and majors in economics, journalism, business, foreign languages, and many other areas.  Previous majors have gone on to law schools, to graduate programs in political science and international or area studies, to journalism, to MBA programs, and to government agencies such as the State Department and the Defense Department.