About Political Science


Plato once suggested that the wise who refuse to participate in the affairs of government are punished by having to live under the rule of fools.

The Department of Political Science at Whittier College hopes to develop wisdom in its own majors and all students so that they may be effective participants in the political world, whether as practitioners of politics or as citizens in their community.

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At Whittier

Whittier’s Department of Political Science offers exciting and challenging courses in American politics, public administration and law, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.

Each semester, our students enjoy a unique set of experiences — internships, field research, Model United Nations, an honorary society and student council, and a special set of JanTerm courses.

Our faculty is devoted to teaching with practical experience and scholarly expertise that we are able to bring into the classroom. We include a practicing lawyer, a former Congressional Fellow, and consultants to the Pentagon, the U.S. State Department, N.A.T.O., and the United Nations. We have also published numerous scholarly books and journal articles that can be found in university libraries throughout the country. Our students take full advantage of the career guidance we provide for such areas as graduate school, law, public and international administration, planning and policy-making, politics, teaching, journalism, pure and applied research, and related fields.

We are especially pleased with the success of our alumni who have entered careers in national, state, and local government, the United Nations, politics, law, teaching, and related areas. They include Rhodes Scholars, Fulbright Scholars, as well as Pickering Fellows for careers in the U.S. State Department upon graduation from Whittier, as well as a number of students who have pursued Ph.D.’s in political science.