Nathan Bigelow, Chair
The political science program is designed to introduce the students to the basic theoretical and philosophical tenets of politics; to provide the opportunities to gain practical research experience using contemporary techniques of political analysis; to help the students gain a better perspective of the American political system in an international context; and to provide background training for such professional fields as law, policy research, teaching, journalism, management, and government service.
The political science program provides students with an understanding of the great issues of politics in a rapidly changing international environment. Employing historical, comparative, philosophical, legal, and experiential approaches to the study of politics, the department places heavy emphasis on student mastery of factual information, critical thinking skills, and effective writing and speaking skills.
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Austin College dedicates the courtroom built in the library to Dr. Kenneth Street, a beloved government professor. Students who are in the advocacy program benefit from the courtroom, as it provides a stimulating and realistic environment to challenge their peers and practice their skills.