Students choose the University of Richmond for its small class sizes and active intellectual community, so do the professors who choose to work there. Professors in the Department of Political Science are no exception. They are dedicated to engaging their students in the critical, systematic, theoretical and empirical study of government and power in their comparative and historical contexts. Consistent with the goals of the liberal arts education, students are urged to develop their written and oral communication skills, leadership in addressing social and political issues, the ability to apply their knowledge and skills to a wide variety of areas and a commitment to the values and beliefs at the foundation of a democratic society.
To that end, the department offers challenging courses designed to foster interaction among students and between students and faculty. Completing internships, independent study and research projects encourages intellectual discovery. And by cooperating with several multi- and interdisciplinary programs throughout the School of Arts & Sciences, the department facilitates integrative learning.