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.


WKYC 3: Professor Kathryn Lavelle featured

WKYC 3: Kathryn Lavelle, the Ellen and Dixon Long Associate Professor of World Affairs said in an on-air interview that Queen Elizabeth’s seven-decade rule and the influence she had on British hearts made her relevant for generations.

Cameron Tong wins Peter Witt Scholarship

Congratulations to Political Science Major Cameron Tong, who has won the CWRU Peter Witt Scholarship for Interest in Community Involvement for 2022 - 2023.

“Gendering Cabinet Reshuffles in France and Spain” Published

Professor Karen Beckwith and her co-author Professor Susan Franceschet (University of Calgary) have published their work “Gendering Cabinet Reshuffles in France and Spain” in the journal Government & Opposition. CWRU political science major Jackson Rudoff (BA 2021) was a research assistant for this work, funded by the Department’s Undergraduate...

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...

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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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