• Political Science

    Welcome to the Political Science Department at Hamline University.

    The Hamline University political science department aims to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the subject matter, methods, and assumptions of political science. Our overriding goal is to help students understand the dynamic and changing political world in which they live and its ramifications for their lives. In the process, students also acquire improved analytic, speaking, and writing skills necessary for succeeding in a challenging sociopolitical and work environment.

    The study of Political Science will help you be able to:
    1. Write clearly, effectively, and in an organized way about domestic and international politics.
    2. Speak clearly, effectively, and in an organized way about domestic and international politics.
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of and critical thinking about major theories, concepts, qualitative or quantitative methods of political science, and their application in political practice.
    4. Complete a political science research project using appropriate methodological tools and research materials. 
    5. Identify and critically analyze differences across cultures, genders, religions, or other value systems in the study of politics. 


  • News

    From political science to English, professors gave different perspectives in analyzing the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC). The four-day convention is not only the time to select the official party nominee, professors agreed, but also sets the tone for the presidential race that follows.

    Hamline University is thrilled to announce it has received grants from the Joyce Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Madison Initiative totaling nearly $500,000. The grants will be used to help fund the Citizens Assemblies (CA) project. Created by Hamline Political Science Professor David Schultz.

    Master of Public Administration (MPA) students will assist Centerville, Minnesota's City Administrator Mike Ericson in exploring how to complete the city’s critical priorities through their capstone project.