Political Science

The department's three 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.

Departmental faculty are active in assisting students in a wide variety of areas. Political Science professors 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 excellent students are equally involved around campus and in the community. 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.


Photo Political science professor Serena Simoni

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Photo Brian Lyman (center) talks with Samford journalism professors Bernie Ankney (left) and Clay Carey

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Photo Brian Lyman

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