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.