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 Venerable Geshe Lhakdor (PHOTO: Tracie Spinale / Smithsonian Global)

Geshe Lhakdor, Assistant to Dalai Lama, to Speak at Samford March 29

The Buddhist scholar has served as translator and religious assistant for His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1989, and currently is director of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamshala, India. 
Photo Samford's Model United Nations Team in Rhodes, Greece

Samford Model United Nations Students Hone Skills in Greece

The event gathered more than 350 participants from Greece, Armenia, Romania, France, Cyprus, Britain and Albania with the goal of promoting effective peace-building and sustainable development. 
Photo Convicts and guard, Oglethorpe County, Georgia-- Jack Delano (LOC)

Homecoming Course Preview Will Address Prison Experience

The course and preview, with a strong sociological emphasis, will provide historical and literary context, and explore the problems within the criminal justice system, especially as they relate to race and social class.