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Political Science
Political Science

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Do you hope to gain a better understanding of the political systems of the United States and countries around the world? As a political science student, you will explore basic theoretical, empirical, and methodological tenets of politics. You experience your learning in action through the Washington semester to the Asia-Pacific Scholars program. Your path after Austin College may lead you to professional fields such as law, policy research, teaching, journalism, lobbying, management, or public service - from the local through international level.   

Student Research

The Impact of Digital Literacy Programs on Bridging the Digital Divide in Grayson County

The Impact of Digital Literacy Programs on Bridging the Digital Divide in Grayson County

Natalia Nevarez

Trauma within the Foster Care System and its Consequences

Trauma within the Foster Care System and its Consequences

Mike Rodriguez 

Finish in Four*

with the skills to launch your career 

Your career path

as a political scientist will span an array of industries and will require you to hone your communication, critical thinking, quantitative and collaboration skills.  As a graduate you will be poised to take on your first job with the knowledge that you can confidently: 

  • describe and illustrate political science phenomenon effectively in written and oral presentations. 
  • describe how the operation of institutions impact political outcomes.  
  •  utilize quantitative methods to address political science problems 

Explore our Graduate Outcomes to learn more about what our graduates are doing today. 

Program Highlights

Model UN

Model UN conferences are actual simulations of the workings of the United Nations, with delegates assuming the positions currently pending among the countries they represent. Over the past 20 years, Austin College students have earned ...

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Pre-Law Society

The Austin College Pre-Law Society seeks to further students’ understanding of the law and the legal profession. To fulfill these objectives, speakers—law professors, judges, lawyers, law students and politicians—are brought to the campus throughout the year to present programs for the Pre-Law Society. 

Meet our Faculty

Dr. Audrey Flemming

Dr. Audrey Flemming

Associate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Nathan Bigelow

Dr. Nathan Bigelow

Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Dr. Rüçhan Kaya

Dr. Rüçhan Kaya

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Ms. Mary Linder

Ms. Mary Linder

Adjunct Instructor in Political Science
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