Political Science

Students seated in court room

Study the power of relations in society, the structure of governmental institutions and interaction between citizens and those institutions, as well as the interaction between states at the international level. Also, strike a balance between critical thinking, analytical skills and factual/substantive knowledge.


  • Majoring in political sciences qualifies students for careers in private industry and nonprofit organizations, as well as public sector organizations.
  • Obtain legislative, lobbying and electorial-campaign internships at local, state and federal levels.
  • Have access to leading policy analysts through monthly teleconferences with the nation's premier non-partisan think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Travel opportunities to Europe, Turkey, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Jefferson City, the latter granting students "behind-the-scenes" access to legislative politics.
  • Advanced and engaging role-playing simulations recreating historic transitions to democratic governance in ancient Athens and modern-day South Africa.
  • Numerous interactive and applied field activities, such as voter drives, rallies, sit-ins and community enhancement projects.


Dr. Chad DeWaard
Associate Professor of Political Science and Department Chair
of Political Science
Phone: 573-288-6694
Email: cdewaard@culver.edu