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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Internships Bring Academic Credit, Professional Experience
Our majors enjoyed outstanding opportunities to gain academic credits and professional experience this summer and fall, with internships ranging from hometown law offices to the nation’s capital. 
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New Citizenship Program to Bring Speakers to Campus
The events will help launch the Howard College Colloquium on American Citizenship, which aims to explore the meaning and purpose of citizenship in light of the Western intellectual heritage, American Constitutional government, free market economics and Judeo-Christian ideals. 
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Friar, Matthews Selected for National Young Leaders Initiative
International relations majors Grace Friar and David Matthews are among the four local college students selected by The Birmingham Committee on Foreign Relations (BCFR) to represent the city at the American Committees on Foreign Relations (ACFR) Young Leaders Initiative in Washington, D.C. Aug. 11-14.