The Department of Political Science at the University of Portland takes pride in providing students a rigorous, value-based education that imparts the skills and knowledge necessary to become engaged citizens and leaders in society. Our curriculum offers students a wide range of opportunities to explore and develop their interests in American Politics, Public Law, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and International Relations. Many of our students also enrich their experiences by studying abroad or in Washington, D.C. or by taking an internship or by participating in our mock-trial program.
Members of our Department are active scholars who are committed to excellence in teaching. The Department attracts and graduates a growing number of highly talented students and prepares them to enter careers in business, journalism, law and for local, national and international public service. Our political science majors are well-prepared to enter graduate studies in political science, law and other professional disciplines in top graduate programs worldwide. Students who have graduated from the program have attended graduate and law programs at places like Yale, Harvard, Northwestern, New York University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Southern California, the University of Washington, Indiana University, American University, the University of Michigan, Penn State, Syracuse University, the University of Oregon, the University of Denver, the London School of Economics and many others.
On behalf the political science faculty, I invite you to explore our programs, and to contact us if you have any questions about our major.
Gary Lee Malecha
Chair, Department of Political Science