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Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science

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Welcome to the front page of the Case Western Reserve University Department of Political Science!  Our mission is to provide information about and analysis of the political world both to our students and our local, national, and international communities. 

In our research we craft theory and gather data to understand policy choices and political conflicts.  In our teaching we address a wide array of political institutions and processes. Through community engagement we share our understanding beyond the classroom and academic world.



Our core program is the undergraduate B.A. in Political Science.  We also offer an undergraduate minor in Political Science, as well as graduate degrees.  Undergraduates can earn both the B.A. and M.A. through the Integrated Graduate Studies Program, thereby completing both degrees in four years or a bit longer.  The M.A. program also includes a joint JD/MA with the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. 

Political Science is also a core component of affiliated degree programs such as the International Studies Major and the Public Policy Minor.

Our courses are mostly seminars, and we have no large lecture classes.  So our classroom experience is similar to a liberal arts college, but our students can take advantage of the opportunities of a large research university within a major American city.  That includes both the potential learning from events at our professional schools, and the range of internship and volunteer possibilities at nearby institutions. 

The Political Science curriculum also is designed to mesh with the College of Arts and Sciences general education program, including SAGES.  Many of our courses fulfill the Global and Cultural Diversity category; we normally offer at least two SAGES Departmental Seminars each term; and our Senior Projects are also SAGES capstones.

Our philosophy is to emphasize opportunities more than requirements.  In that spirit our undergraduate curriculum is relatively open. Our Wellman Hill Grants help at least four students each summer participate in internships by providing funding to cover expenses or replace what they could have earned in summer employment.   


The Department will resume events at the beginning of the fall 2015 semester.

CWRU is home to a wide array of public affairs programming that may be of interest to the public and to students of political science. For schedules of some of those events, please see the Affiliated Web Sites linked above.


Summer Hours for Department Office

The Department Office will be open during June and July at the hours listed below:
Monday – Thursday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Friday, 8:30am – 3:00pm
*Closed M-F 12:30pm – 1:00pm for lunch […Read more]

Congratulations to our 2015 Wellman Hill Recipients

Phil Hoffert 
Olivia Ortega 
Hayley Rassuchine 
Steven Reynolds 
Kassandra Stewart
Elizabeth Taylor   […Read more]

Summer 2015 Course

The Political Science Department is offering one course on campus this summer. More details on the course being offered can be found at the link above.