Department of Political Science
Welcome to our website! Political Science at KSU offers many opportunities for students to expand their horizons, from city councils to the UN Security Council. This is an exciting time to learn about all that politics is about: the fight for democratic freedoms, human rights, the global environment, racial equality, social welfare, and other vital causes. Our faculty brings politics to life, preparing students to be more informed citizens who are highly competitive for a wide variety of careers.
Students in our BA program have three distinct “tracks” in which to focus their studies: American Politics, Transnational-Comparative Politics, and Public Policy and Administration. Students in our MA, and PhD have the three areas of concentration to choose from: American Politics, Transnational-Comparative Politics, and Conflict Analysis and Management (proposed to begin offering in the Fall of 2013). In addition, the department offers a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) and an undergraduate degree in Applied Conflict Management.
We also offer unique opportunities for students to gain practical and professional experience through our off-campus academic/internship programs in Columbus, Ohio, and Washington, DC. You can learn more about these programs on the web links to the left under "Careers and Internships".
Our full-time faculty is committed to meeting the needs of students while expanding the frontiers of political knowledge through their research in all areas of political science. I hope you will take the opportunity to learn about their work and the many other programs they manage on a daily basis. Our staff in 302 Bowman Hall is always on hand to provide more information – or to steer you in the right direction of the professor down the hall!
I hope to see you soon in one of our classrooms. Feel free to contact me personally (email@example.com) if you’d like more information about Poli Sci at KSU.
Political Science Among Top-Earning Majors
The starting median salary for a Political Science undergraduate is $41,300. That is more than majors in Business Administration, Business Management, Information Technology, Biology, and Psychology. For list of median and mid-career salaries click here.
Dr. Julie Mazzei has been selected for the 2010-2011 Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Mazzei is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and she teaches courses in comparative politics and international relations. Her work focuses on human rights and political violence, particularly in Latin America and her book, “Death Squads or Self-Defense Forces? How Paramilitary Groups Emerge and Challenge Democracy in Latin America” was released in 2009.
Dr. Ryan L. Claassen has recently been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Claassen’s research interests include American politics, elections and political behavior, public opinion, public law and methodology. His work has appeared recently in American Politics Research, The Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, and Political Research Quarterly. Also he was recently awarded a $40,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation (Chicago, IL).