Sep 24, 2022  
2021-22 Catalog 
2021-22 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science

Taylor 103A
Dustin Walcher, Chair

Professor Associate Professor Emeritus Professor
Dustin  Walcher William Hughes Paul Pavlich
  Assistant Professor  
  Shawn Patterson Jr.  

The mission of the political science program is to promote in our students an appreciation for the rich history and dynamics of political thought and life. Political science at SOU encourages an awareness of our students’ obligations as citizens, their potential as active participants in public life, and their connections through political and cultural institutions to the rest of the world.

The political science program provides a solid liberal arts curriculum that prepares students for active engagement in public and private settings with a keen understanding of political institutions and processes. The curriculum, with its emphasis on political behavior, law, public opinion research, and political thought, is designed to interface with a variety of other majors. In particular, the program strives to engender in students a balance between the theoretical and philosophical “politics of ideas” and the pragmatic applied processes and behaviors of “politics on the street.” Through service-learning and internship programs, the program offers students experiences in politics, government, law, and social research. The political science faculty provides active mentorship to students seeking academic challenge and community involvement.

Combining Majors and Minors

With the exception the Political Science minor, students pursuing a Political Science major are eligible for any other majors, minors, and certificates offered by any other program on campus without restriction.  Courses that count toward the degree requirements of other majors and minors - including courses, cross-listed or otherwise, that may be applied to both History and Political Science degree requirements - may be applied toward each of the relevant majors and minors pursued.

Program Requirements


Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science



Political Science