• 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

    The Political Science Department will host an informal reception to honor Professor Karen Vogel's successful career and extensive contributions to our community on Wednesday, December 14 from 4- 6 p.m. in the Giddens Learning Center Art Gallery.

    Melissa Cortes '15 was recently featured in the Midway Como Monitor for her new role as the community organizer and communications specialist for the Hamline Midway Coalition (HMC). Cortes majored in political science major and volunteered in the neighborhood during her time at Hamline. 

    In the spirit of the peaceful intentions of the original Armistice Day, Tackling Torture at the Top Committee of Women Against Military Madness will hold a forum on Thursday, November 10 from 11:30-12:30 in Giddens Learning Center Room 100E. Moderated by Hamline Political Science Professor David Schultz, the forum will feature Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff for General Colin Powell; and Reverend Chris Antal, former U.S. Army chaplain stationed in Afghanistan.