Political Science

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.

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.


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Samford Professor Simoni To Serve as Visiting Scholar at Barcelona Institute for International Studies

Simoni specializes in international relations, international security, transatlantic relations, international organization and foreign policy. In addition to her teaching and scholarship, Simoni has worked with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Italian Department of State. 
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. 
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Grayson and Smith Receive Top Awards at Opening Convocation

Political science professor Marissa Grayson received Samford University’s John H. Buchanan Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. Beth Smith, director of graduate admission for Samford’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences, received the Bill Nunnelley Award for outstanding job performance by a nonfaculty employee.