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Political Science

Political science is the academic discipline dedicated to the study of power, politics, and government.  Political science has four well-defined subfields: political theory, international relations, comparative politics, and American politics. Courses focus on topics and pressing problems, among them war, strategy, law, legislation, local politics, public life, voting, values, deliberation, propaganda, public opinion, authority, community power, urban dynamics, poverty, human rights, social capital, race, gender, ideology, class, bureaucracy, central banks, executive power, foreign policy, trade flows, international organizations, revolutions, and failed states in all parts of the world.  Students in these courses learn to critically analyze not only the behavior of political actors, but also their respective political institutions and political systems. The main objectives are to enable students to use strong analytical skills and critical thinking in their analysis of theories, institutions, and processes in political science. Political science is an exciting discipline because debates rage over the appropriate ways to study political phenomena and, indeed, what makes them "political" in the first place.

A student has any number of reasons to study political science. Political science provides a broad liberal arts education while focusing on politics and public life and develops important skills in critical thinking and analysis. These abilities make students of political science ideal candidates for careers in law, in state, national and international government, business, journalism, and politics. Many undergraduates translate their majors into further education in graduate school in political science or related humanities and social science disciplines. Finally, political science is about and contributes to civic education by offering student-citizens the means to better understand and engage politics and public life. Student government, fraternities, sororities, and other organizations are frequently led or energized by political science majors.

Faculty
Office
Phone
Courses Taught
email
Ellen Antoine
HSS 379
310 434-8958
HSS 359
310 434-4071
POL SC 2 | POL SC 5 |
POL SC 7
HSS 357
310 434-4510
Rook Campbell
HSS 379
310 434-4244
POL SC 52
Campbell_Rook@smc.edu
HSS 379
310 434-4244
Bert Maria Cueva
HSS 379
310 434-4244
POL SC 51
Cueva_Bert@smc.edu
Shari Davis
HSS 379
310 434-4244
POL SC 31
Davis_Shari@smc.edu
310 434-8958
Christina Caldwell Gabler
HSS 387
310 434-8871
POL SC 2 | POL SC 7
POL SC 31
Frank Gorgie
Online
310 434-4244
POL SC 1
Gorgie_Frank@smc.edu
HSS 353
310 434-3539
POL SC 22
Steven Kurvink
HSS 379
310 434-8542
POL SC 1 | POL SC 51
POL SC 52
HSS 379
310 434-8247
POL SC 1
HSS 355
310 434-8912
POL SC 22 | POL SC 51
Eileen Rabach
HSS 381
310 434-4897
Christine Schultz
HSS 354
310 434-4940
Lance Simmens
HSS 379
310 434-4244
POL SC 31
Simmens_Lance@smc.edu
Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein
HSS 356
310 434-3541
POL SC 95
Ventris Woods
HSS 379
310 434-4244
POL SC 1
 
For major requirements and individual course descriptions, go to the College Catalog.
For class schedules, go to Class Schedule.