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Dr. Staab's post-speech interview

Political Science is home to award-winning Professors. Congratulations to Dr. James Staab, winner of the 2014 Byler Award, the highest award given to Professors at UCM! Click here.

Welcome from the Chair


The Political Science program provides students with a rigorous and exciting range of classes taught by award-winning Professors who are committed to student success. Our program covers four main sub-fields of Political Science: American politics, political theory and law, comparative politics, and international relations. Students who graduate with a B.A. or B.S. in Political Science will have a wide-range of knowledge, deeper knowledge of their specialty area, and valuable critical thinking, communication, and research skills. In addition to the B.A. and B.S. in Political Science, we offer Minors in Political Science and Legal Studies.

Majoring in Political Science opens the door to a variety of careers, including public office, law, teaching, journalism, non-profit work, foreign service, policy analysis, international business, and lobbying, to name just a few. A degree in Political Science is also a good stepping-stone to Law School or Graduate School.

Political Science majors have the opportunity to participate in a number high-impact learning activities. Our department coordinates an Internship program at the local, state, and national level. And students can join a range of organizations such as Student for Political Action , Model UN, and Mock Trial to take learning to a higher degree.

I can promise you that you will be challenged and inspired by the educational experience you receive as a Political Science major. Our faculty members are "teacher-scholars" who blend their own research expertise with a commitment to excellence in teaching.

Please stop by Wood 203 if you have questions about our program, or email me at


Dr. Gregory W. Streich
Professor of Political Science
Chair, Department of Government, International Studies, and Languages