Welcome to the Department of Political Science of Case Western Reserve University.

Please note that most of our courses do not have prerequisites. They are open to all CWRU undergraduates, including transfer and first-year students. And remember, during the first two weeks of classes, students may drop and add courses without penalty. We encourage you to follow your interests and try out our courses – many of which fulfill old GER and new UGER requirements.

It’s hard to think of a better time to be studying politics. Our courses explore political behavior, institutions of government, elections, international relations, political economy, policymaking, protest and revolution, among other topics. They cover politics of the United States and other countries and of regional and global interactions, and our faculty introduce students to a range of methods and approaches that include elite interviewing, survey research, field and archival investigation, game theory, small-n comparison, statistical analysis, and AI-driven techniques.

Political science degrees and courses build foundations for many types of future employment and continued education, and we support our students with internship, research and other career-preparation opportunities.

Current and prospective students are welcome to receive the Department’s weekly newsletter and read the archived ones.


Careers Colloquium 2023

Thank you to Cameron Macaskill (CWRU 2017) and Emma Halfin (CWRU 2022) who spoke with our students at our Careers Colloquium this year.

Alumni Spotlight: Irina Yakubenko

Irina Yakubenko (CWR’14, Political Science) receives the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the College of Arts and Sciences. The winners of the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Awards will be honored during this fall’s Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Oct. 12-15.

What makes the U.S. Constitution unique, anyway? Featuring Prof. Tartakoff

From its frequent references in political speeches to its appearances in popular culture, the United States Constitution is perhaps the best-known document in the country. But beyond possibly having memorized its preamble in middle school, how much do you actually know about the law of the land? In honor of Sept. 17 being Constitution Day, Laura Tartakoff, senior instructor in the Department of Political Science at Case Western Reserve, shared some lesser-known facts about the oldest written national federal constitution in effect today.

Professor Posner’s “Financial Regulatory Conundrums in the North Atlantic”

Prof. Elliot Posner and co-author Lucia Quaglia (University of Bologna) published new article in the European Journal of Political Research. “Financial Regulatory Conundrums in the North Atlantic” explains why post-2008 US and EU financial reforms remained mostly intact.

Professor Lavelle’s “The Arctic Council, the International Maritime Organization, and the Polar Code”

“The Arctic Council, the International Maritime Organization, and the Polar Code” by CWRU Prof. Lavelle and her co-author Liselotte Odgaard was published this summer.

You may view the full article here. 

Fall Semester Course Highlights

We want to highlight these exciting courses being taught this semester. We encourage you to use the Add/Drop period to shop around for courses at the beginning of the semester.

Department Office

Mather House 111

Scout Weber, Department Assistant

  • Email: scout.weber@case.edu
  • Phone: 216.368.2424
  • Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Scout is on a hybrid work schedule as follows:
      • Monday – Thursday: On campus in Mather House 111
      • Friday: Working from home

Please feel free to call or communicate via email.

If you would like to notify our students of internship/job opportunities, please email scout.weber@case.edu.

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