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.

FacultyOfficePhoneCourses TaughtEmail
Dianne BermanHSS 359310 434-4071POL SC 2, POL SC 5, POL SC 7Berman_Dianne@smc.edu
Alan D. BuckleyHSS 357310 434-4510POL SC 1, POL SC 2, POL SC 7, POL SC 10Buckley_Alan@smc.edu
Shari DavisHSS 356310 434-4244POL SC 31Davis_Shari@smc.edu
Christina GablerHSS 387310 434-8871

POL SC 2, POL SC 24,


Frank GorgieOnline310 434-4244POL SC 1Gorgie_Frank@smc.edu
Richard GroperOnline310 434-4244POL SC 1Groper_Richard@smc.edu
Steven KurvinkHSS 378/379310 434-8542POL SC 1, POL SC 51, POL SC 52Kurvink_Steven@smc.edu
Natalina MonteiroHSS 378/379310 434-4244POL SC 7, GLOBAL 10Monteiro_Natalina@smc.edu
Eric R. OiferHSS 355310 434-8912POL SC 51, POL SC 52Oifer_Eric@smc.edu
Eileen RabachHSS 381310 434-4897POL SC 5Rabach_Eileen@smc.edu
Christine SchultzHSS 354310 434-4940POL SC 1Schultz_Christine@smc.edu
Richard Tahvildaran-JessweinHSS 356310 434-3541POL SC 1, POL SC 21, POL SC 95Tahvildaran_Richard@smc.edu
Ventris WoodsHSS 378/379​310 434-4244POL SC 1Woods_Ventris@smc.edu

For major requirements and individual course descriptions, go to the College Catalog.

For class schedules, go to Class Schedule.