Political Science at Stetson University: Preparing Graduates for Lives in Public Affairs

Where do Political Science majors from Stetson go after graduation? To elective office in Congress and state legislatures; to leading universities as teachers and researchers; and to distinguished careers in journalism, business, government service, and the law. In recent years, the most popular destination for Stetson's Political Science graduates has been the law, where they join generations of Stetson alumni who have served as respected judges and attorneys in Florida and around the nation.

An education in Political Science at Stetson is about more than elections, treaties, and lawmaking. It offers students a broad and challenging preparation for life in public affairs or commerce, whether in this country or abroad. It does so in an environment of small classes and seminars that is supplemented by an unusually rich array of special opportunities. Students write their own theses in the senior year, and they can participate in on-campus events such as the Floyd M. Riddick Model United States Senate; engage in internships in Central Florida and around the world. They can also take part in study trips to New York, Washington, Tallahassee, Central America and Central Asia.

Faculty here are devoted to undergraduate education and to sharing their knowledge and experience with political science students. But besides being teachers, they are also advancing knowledge in political science and engaging the political issues of the day. Stetson's Political Science professors have done important field work on four different continents and speak languages ranging from Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Russian. It is an unusual and exciting combination: a small university and a rich array of courses and faculty expertise.