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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 Democracy Establishment
March 31, 2015 at 12:15pm, Tinkham Veale University Center Senior Classroom
Sarah Bush, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University, will the March 2015 Briskin Speaker. Professor Bush’s talk will be based on the research for her book with Cambridge University Press, The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators. Read More…


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.


Spring 2015 POSC Colloquium

Junior and Senior Political Science Majors will be presenting their SAGES capstones at the spring 2015 colloquium on April 20, 2015 beginning at 5:15pm. The presentations will be held in various rooms in Clark Hall and dinner will be served. All majors and minors are encouraged to attend. The full schedule of presentations will be posted at a later time.  […Read more]

Summer 2015 Courses

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

Study Abroad During May 2015 in Amman, Jordan

Professor Pete Moore will be leading POSC 380B: Uprising and Political Change in the Arab World. The course will be held in Amman, Jordan during the May 2015 term.