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 anyone, including transfer and first-year students. 

Our Department offers courses that explore political behavior, institutions of government, international relations and international finance, policy-making, and protest and revolution.  Our political science faculty employ a range of research methods and approaches, including elite interviewing, survey research, field and archival research, and comparative case study analysis.

The Department offers degree programs leading to the B.A.M.A., and Ph.D..

The political science major and its related coursework can build a foundation for many types of future employment or continued education. We highlight internship, scholarship, and career opportunities for students in our weekly newsletter.

We invite prospective students to review this webpage and to read the archived department Newsletters here. We encourage you to explore the Department’s webpages to learn about our plans, degree programs, courses, world-class faculty, and recent accomplishments.


Professor Kelly McMann Quoted in The New York Times

Professor Kelly McMann was recently quoted in The New York Times article, "To Keep Putin and His Oligarchs Afloat, It Takes a System." Read the article here. 

2022 Careers Colloquium

The 2022 Political Science Careers Colloquium will be held March 27 and 28, 2022. Join Sarah Tolbert (CWRU, BA 09'), an international conservation and community development expert with over a decade of experience working at the nexus of wildlife conservation, policy, and human rights in sub-saharan Africa. View Sarah's full...


Professor Laura Tartakoff was interviewed on January 7, 2022 via Zoom by Dr. Garret Edwards for his CNN Radio Rasario program. Dr. Edwards is research director at Fundación Libertad, a private NGO. He asked Prof. Tartakoff to address democracy and populism in Latin America, the 2021 elections in Nicaragua...

“Regime, Climate, and Region in Transition: Russian Participation in the Arctic Council.”

Congratulations to Professor Kathryn Lavelle, who has published the article "Regime, Climate, and Region in Transition: Russian Participation in the Arctic Council." Please click here to read the article.

Alumni News – Krysta Aulak

Krysta Aulak (CWRU BA 2021) wrote the following op ed, which was published at https://www.cleveland.com/opinion/2021/10/ohio-senate-bill-123-is-cruel-and-unusual-punishment-krysta-aulak.html.  Ms. Aulak was a POSC minor, and is currently a candidate for an MS degree in the Health and the Public Interest Program at Georgetown University.

Fall 2021 Capstone Presentations

Congratulations to the seniors who presented their capstones last night!

Department Office

Mather House 111

Scout Weber, Department Assistant

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

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