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Political Science

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The Department of Political Science stands out at William Jewell because it challenges students to learn how the real world works and engage the great debates about how it should work. Current domestic and foreign policies are explored and alternatives to current policies discussed. Students in the department are regularly debating US policy in Iraq, European Union expansion, and whether Machiavelli really is a teacher of evil. They conduct high-level research in democratization and war ethics. Through it all, students explore the world of political science carefully and learn to articulate their opinions, develop solutions, and present alternatives.

Degree programs offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts
    - Political Science
    - International Relations


Students will develop skills that are applicable to the professional world. As a political science major, students enjoy a diverse and complete experience that allows them to pursue a variety of career paths and win admission into prestigious graduate and professional programs.
Political Science and International Relations majors are equipped to address relevant social issues with sharp research and careful analysis. Upon graduation, students go on to work at the Federal Reserve, Capitol Hill, graduate and doctoral degrees, and the U.S. Military.

  • Many political science majors take advantage of one of Jewell’s twenty-two overseas study programs. Recent students studied at Oxford, the Sorbonne in Paris, Vienna, Austria, Germany, Japan, Costa Rica, Israel/Palestine, Beirut, and Spain;
  • Students regularly secure paid internships on Capitol Hill, while others have interned in national, state, and local campaigns, at the embassies of the Kingdom of Jordan and the Czech Republic, the World Affairs Institute, and the CATO Institute in Washington, DC;
  • Students can intern in the department’s Missouri Legislative Internship program, with a spring semester’s residence at the State Capitol in Jefferson City;
  • Students obtain mentorships in the Kansas City metro area at the FBI, the Federal Reserve, and the Jackson and Platte County Prosecutor’s Offices.

Are you ready to influence the political and social aspects of the world? Drop us an e-mail, schedule a visit, or call us toll free (1-888-2-JEWELL).

Political Science Faculty:

Gary Armstrong, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science, Department Chair, Director of the International Relations Major
Dr. Armstrong received a B.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University. His special interests include American foreign & security policies, international relations theory, international conflict & war ethics, and international political economy.

Rein Staal, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science 
Dr. Staal received a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He completed both an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. Political philosophy, American political thought and politics and literature are his specialties.

Alan Holiman, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Dr. Holiman received a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas, an M.A. degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University, an M.A. degree in Russian & East European Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kansas. His special interests include comparative politics (Russia and other post-communist states, European integration, the Islamic Republic of Iran) and American politics.


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