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.

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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Williamson Earns Public Policy Fellowship
Sarah Williamson’s longtime professional goal is to become a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. State Department, and her next step in that direction is to attend the University of Maryland as a Robertson Fellow in the Masters of Public Policy program. 
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With Commencement Plans Disrupted, Byers Finds Opportunity to Thank Mentors
I am not discouraged by this time of social distancing. If anything, I am so excited and ready to get back to work. I am ready to start using these skills Samford University has given me. 
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Samford Welcomes Delegation of Ukrainian Journalists, Officials Nov. 20
The Delta Upsilon chapter of Dobro Slovo National Slavic Honor Society will welcome Scotty Colson, Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Alabama, along with six Ukrainian Open World Delegates to Samford University November 20 at 5 p.m. in Reid Commons as part of a ten-day professional exchange during International Education Week.