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.


Political Science Professors Nominated for Teaching Awards

Congratulations to Professors Beckwith, Hodgetts, and Zeren, who have been nominated for teaching awards!

Professor Zeren Published in The National Career Development Association

Professor Zeren has published a skills-based article in which she combines her two areas of interest: Conflict resolution/empathy skills and career development.

Fall 2023 Capstone Presentations

Congratulations to the students who presented their capstone research on November 28, 2023!

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.

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, Wednesday, and Thursday: On campus in Mather House 111
      • Tuesday and 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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