The Political Science department is dedicated to informing students of knowledge of the world in the areas of American Politics, Public Administration and Policy, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. Students are exposed to major perspectives in multiple subfields and are prepared to locate and analyze written, visual and material evidence, understanding and appreciating continuities, change and even contradictions in Political Science and our understanding of the world. The department places a high value on student/faculty collaborative learning both in and out of the classroom and seeks to provide students multiple opportunities to apply theory to practice.
The missions of Muskingum University and the Political Science department are deliberately similar. The Political Science department is committed to offering a high quality academic program that intellectually develops students by fostering critical thinking and positive action so that they may lead vocationally productive, personally satisfying, and socially responsible lives. The department seeks to provide students with
skills that may be applied to specific professions of political science such as teaching social studies, public policy positions in government and nonprofit agencies, positions with campaigns and with elected officials, positions with international organizations, and preparation for further studies in either graduate or law school. Recognizing that some students who major in political science may choose careers outside the field of study, the department ensures that all students gain strong skills in reading, writing, problem solving, critical thinking, and critical analysis that may be applied to virtually any field.
For this reason we embrace the liberal arts tradition of our discipline and are ultimately dedicated to making our students lifetime learners who are prepared to enter professions that expect political science training but are trained broadly enough that they can enter fields beyond the discipline.