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, 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.

News

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What Can You Do With That? New Resource Highlights Arts and Sciences Career Paths
The new Career Focus page includes links to external lists of careers in the humanities, STEM and social sciences, as well as news and feature articles showing how our students are refining their passions, finding mentors and creating custom academic pathways to the lives they want to live.  
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Book Highlights Scholarship of New Political Science Chair
Lee Trepanier edited the new book–Eric Voegelin’s Asian Political Thought–which gathers scholars from Asia and the West to examine a region rising in global affairs. 
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Grant Will Support New Course on The United States In the World
The Stanton Foundation has awarded History Department chair Jonathan Den Hartog a $42,200 grant to develop a new course that will explore how the United States has made decisions to operate in the wider world.