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 programs and Pre-Law advising, 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.

News

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Political Science Research, Mentoring Help Launch Career of Graduating Senior
Caroline Coleman turned an internship into a full-time job that’s awaiting her graduation later this month. As a Political Affairs Account Manager for the national Strategic Impact firm, she will help strategize and plan for various state and federal political races. 
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Samford To Host Carl Trueman Feb. 17
Trueman is professor of biblical and religious Studies at Grove City College, and author of The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution. 
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Rau Called to Career at Intersection of Faith, Social Justice
“I felt called to Birmingham in kind of a weird way,” Libby Rau said. “I didn’t realize until I got here why. I really do think it was because of this civil rights and racial justice and criminal justice work that Birmingham is so central to.” She also found that Samford University could help her relate her faith to those pressing social issues.