Political Science Department

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The Political Science Department creates responsibly engaged citizens who learn how to produce positive change and healthy communities throughout their state and nation. We do this through the study of government and policy using creative, collaborative and scientific skills. Guilford prepares graduates in this discipline with analytical, writing, communication and computer training as well as the knowledge, values and experiences needed to become responsible members of society.

Considered an art and a science, the study of Political Science allows students to study political behavior in ideological, cultural, historical and institutional settings. Guilford's curriculum provides students with a broad knowledge of both domestic and foreign political institutions, processes and issues.

Areas of study include: American Politics/Public Policy and Administration, International Relations, Comparative Politics and Political Theory/Political Analysis. Plus, individualized course plans and one-on-one advising allow students to design a plan that reflects their interests and objectives.

The Political Science major provides a solid foundation for careers in politics, public administration, international service, law, business, and journalism, graduate study and teaching in the social sciences.


Majors and Minors

Living and studying at Guilford, in an environment that is very inclusive and that encourages differences, has been tremendously helpful. It has taught me how to challenge people who might think drastically different than me but to do it in a respectful way.

Michael McShane '18
Political Science major, German minor
  • Political Science Major and Minor: The major requires 40 semester hours, and students are encouraged to pick a sub-category to focus their studies in such areas as international relations or comparative politics. Minors in Political Science are also invited to choose an area of interest with courses as the 300 level or above to ensure depth.
  • International Political Economy Minor: This minor consists of 16 credit hours and focuses on understanding the complexities of global finance, production and trade. The principles developed in introductory level courses are applied to real-world issues in the upper-level electives.

Contact Us

Kent Chabotar

Kent Chabotar

Immediate Past President and Professor of Political Science

Kyle Dell

Kyle Dell

Associate Professor of Political Science/Associate Academic Dean

Ken Gilmore

Ken Gilmore

Professor of Political Science

George Guo

George Guo

Professor of Political Science

Maria Rosales

Maria Rosales

Associate Professor of Political Science