About Us

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With just over 20 faculty, more than 1,000 undergraduate majors and minors and 45 graduate students, the Department of Political Science and International Relations is one of the larger departments at the University of Delaware. Many students beyond our own majors and minors enroll in our undergraduate classes which help to fulfill many of the University's general education requirements.

Our faculty members are nationally and internationally known scholars with expertise in a wide range of fields in political science and international relations. Committed teachers, advisers and mentors, our faculty members have repeatedly won University and College of Arts and Sciences teaching and advising awards at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our faculty contribute to many programs and centers across campus including Black American Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Sexualities and Gender Studies, Legal Studies, Jewish Studies, Islamic Studies, African Studies, European Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, and the Center for Political Communication. Finally, many of our faculty are model citizens within the University, public servants in the community and state, and leaders in national and international professional associations.

Our undergraduate program consists of majors in Political Science and in International Relations, including Honors degrees, and minors in Political Communication and Political Science. We focus on four subfields of political science: American Politics (including Public Law), Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory. Beginning in fall 2013 we are offering a new concentration in Politics, Groups and Identities in the Political Science major. Students have multiple opportunities to conduct research with faculty, complete high-profile internships, study abroad all over the world, and engage in service learning. Undergraduate alums have gone on to become Rhodes, Marshall and Truman Scholars. They go to law school and graduate school, become teachers and Peace Corps and Americorps Volunteers, work in local, state and federal government, business and law firms, political parties and campaigns, consulting firms, non-profit organizations and more.

Our graduate program focuses on Global Governance, an approach to politics and public policy that transcends the nation state and its formal institutions of government. Our diverse graduate students hail from inside and outside the USA. Advanced graduate students regularly present their work at regional and national conferences and have the opportunity to teach their own courses. After finishing their degrees, most of our doctoral students go on to faculty positions at universities in the USA and around the world while some work at research institutions or government agencies.