Mission Statement

In the context of the liberal arts tradition, the Department of Political Science seeks to encourage in its students a commitment to intellectual curiosity, academic excellence, and responsible civic engagement.  The Department is committed to offer undergraduate and graduate education in American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory (a) to help students improve their skills of observation, critical reading, rigorous thought, careful evidence-based argumentation, and effective communication, and (b) to develop values of good citizenship. At the same time, the Department seeks to help its faculty develop as outstanding teacher-scholars pursuing truth through research and critical reflection.