With the world changing so quickly and profoundly, the study of international relations is by necessity a rapidly changing field that requires continued attention to new theoretical approaches and research methods.
The Department of Political Science is anchored by scholars who are exceptionally well equipped to deal with the changing nature of international relations.
Although each professor has distinct research interests and teaching responsibilities, a number of faculty members in the field are linked by a common interest in security studies, broadly defined. Their collective expertise encompasses U.S. foreign and national security policy, terrorism and political violence, Russian domestic and foreign policy, Southeast Asian foreign policy, Chinese and East Asian security policy, international security policy, and civil-military relations.
The field welcomes well-qualified M.A. and Ph.D. applicants, who are particularly interested in these areas of study within international relations.
Recent M.A. graduates of the program have been hired by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Defense Department, Human Rights Watch, Wilson Center, World Bank, Foreign Ministry of Indonesia, and C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc.
Other M.A. graduates have pursued their doctoral studies in political science at Boston University, Indiana University, University of Hawaii, and University of Illinois. Recent Ph.D. graduates have been hired by the Government of Tver (Russia), the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (Brussels, Belgium), Cameron University, College of DuPage, Lake Forest College, Oklahoma University, University of Illinois-Springfield, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, University of Kitakyushu (Japan), Kainan University (Taiwan), and University of the Philippines, Diliman.