The Department of Political Science at Randolph-Macon is an engaged community of students, faculty, and alumni united by an interest in, and passion for, the study of politics and government. The department strives to impart to its students knowledge and understanding of political institutions, the habits and skills of lifelong learning in our discipline, the ability to develop tools to interpret political activity in later life, and an appreciation of the responsibilities of citizenship in our democracy.
David Huber '11 with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell in January 2011.Why Political Science?
Are you interested in American politics? International affairs? Critical issues such as healthcare, the environment, civil rights? Theories concerning the ideal government and how power and resources are allocated in society? Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on your interest? If so, you should consider studying political science.
Political science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, institutions, and political behavior. Political scientists use both humanistic and scientific perspectives and tools and a variety of methodological approaches to examine the process, systems, and political dynamics of all countries and regions of the world.
Political science students can gain a versatile set of skills that can be applied in a wide range of exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; secondary education; research and university and college teaching. Political science training also provides valuable preparation for participating in community organizations, electoral politics, movements on behalf of specific policies, or even seeking elected or appointed positions in government.
Source: “What is Political Science?”, American Political Science Association, http://www.apsanet.org/content_9181.cfm.
Students and Faculty watched Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration in the McGraw-Page Library.