• Political Science Department

    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. 

    Learning Outcomes

    The purpose of learning outcomes at Hamline University is to ensure that our mission and values are realized in what our graduating students know, value, and can do. View all learning outcomes for Political Science.


  • News

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    Through a Saint Paul city council internship and involvement in student organizations, Jessie Luévano ’22 is putting her political science and global studies majors to good use.

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    Political Science Professor Alina Oxendine chaired a panel and presented her latest research titled “Covid-19 And Economic Inequality: Does The Wealth Gap Influence Pandemic Stress And Support For Government Intervention?”

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    Associate Professor Alina Oxendine recently presented her research titled "Social Capital and Support for Improving and Investing in Public Health" at the 76th Annual Midwest Political Science Association Meeting in Chicago.