The department's four majors are effective tracks to future work and study in areas such as law, public policy, international affairs, governmental service and business. They provide the basic skills most often associated with liberal arts education. Writing, public speaking, collecting and assessing data, critical reading, independent thinking, and civic responsibility are central parts of the programs. Political Science faculty are well placed to assist students with internships in Washington, D.C., overseas, Montgomery, Birmingham and elsewhere. They are active in helping students obtain fellowships from graduate schools and national foundations.

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My Samford experience was a vital part in me getting this internship. From caring professors who helped with recommendations to the necessary training in European politics from my years as an undergraduate, I am so appreciative of my Samford community. Mary Moody - 2014 Research Intern, European Parliament Liaison Office, Washington, D.C.

Department faculty actively assist students in a wide variety of areas. They play key roles in the Model United Nations, IR-Careers-in-DC, Pre-Law advising, and the University Fellows Program, serve as faculty advisors for many student social justice and political groups, and run several honorary societies. our resources page helps current students get connected to the world of political science. Our excellent students are equally involved around campus and in the community, and stay connected to the world of political science through our resources page. The department has had great success in helping to place students in top law and graduate programs. You can learn about some of their stories on our Alumni page.

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Sixteen Accepted Into Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society
The students have completed ten semester-credits in political science, including at least one upper-division course, with an average grade of B or higher in all political science courses, and an overall GPA placing the student in the top one-third of his or her class. 
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Shepherd Book Addresses Transnational Influence in Latin America
Political science professor Fred Shepherd examines both the power of transnational organizations and the conditions that enable local groups and national governments in the region to counter their dominance. 
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Seminar Promotes Discussion of Toleration in Free Society
Samford’s History Department and Political Science Department co-hosted a seminar on "Toleration in Free Society" sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS,) a libertarian non-profit organization that provides programming and financial support for scholars and students.