Political Science can help you learn to be a better communicator, analyze complicated issues, solve problems, and become a better citizen.

Political Science courses are divided into four areas of concentration:

  • American Politics/Public Policy
  • Comparative Government
  • International Affairs
  • Political Theory/Methodology

Our graduates pursue careers in

  • Law
  • Business and Finance
  • Government and Politics
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Journalism
  • Lobbying
  • International Relations

We also offer a five-years to MPA option.

Academic Advising is meaningful educational planning. You will work with your advisor to explore and define your academic interests and goals. Together you will create a clear educational plan that will lead to successfully completing a university degree that matches your interests, strengths, values, and career goals. 

Goals and Objectives 

Academic advising facilitates student development and is an integral part of the educational process at MU. The ultimate goal is to help you gain the most from your experience at MU. Advising objectives include helping you 

  • Acquire and demonstrate awareness of campus resources. 
  • Become an independent and active navigator of your undergraduate experience. 
  • Explore, understand, and meet degree requirements. 

Making an Appointment with your Academic Advisor

Appointments can be easily scheduled through MU Connect. If you are not a current Political Science or Public Administration and Policy major, you will need to search for the advisors below.
 

Note: MU Connect works best with Chrome or Firefox. Using Safari or Internet Explorer is not recommended.

If you cannot keep your scheduled appointment, please use MU Connect to cancel it as soon as possible. Please be respectful of your advisor’s and other students’ time. If you are more than 5 minutes late for an appointment, you may be asked to reschedule it.

Connect with Your Advisor 

The name of your assigned advisor is listed in myZou. Political Science majors are advised by Rebecca Fallon (last names A-G), Sarah Kammeyer (last names H-O), and Kati Abbott (last names P-Z). 

Rebecca Fallon

Political Science and Public Administration & Policy majors, students with last names starting with A-G
W109A Locust Street Building
FallonRM@missouri.edu
Appointments: To digitally schedule an appointment, please use MU Connect.

Sarah Kammeyer

Political Science and Public Administration & Policy majors, students with last names starting with H-O
W109C Locust Street Building
KammeyerS@mmissouri.edu
Appointments: To digitally schedule an appointment, please use MU Connect.

Kati Abbott

Political Science and Public Administration & Policy majors, students with last names starting with P-Z
W109B Locust Street Building
AbbottKM@missouri.edu
Appointments: To digitally schedule an appointment, please use MU Connect.

The Department of Political Science offers a wide range of courses and various means of attaining specialization in the field. Political Science courses are divided into four areas of concentration: 

  • American Politics & Public Policy 
  • Comparative Government 
  • International Affairs 
  • Political Theory/Methodology 

Students are urged to develop a broad understanding of the field by taking courses from multiple areas of concentration. 

Note that courses are subject to change without notice. Please see the Schedule of Class https://catalog.missouri.edu/courseofferings/pol_sc/es for current offerings. 

Students are also encouraged to include a study abroad experience as part of their undergraduate studies. We offer a department-sponsored program, “Developing Dynamics of Democracy,” where students learn about democracy in Prague for four weeks over the summer. Students will earn Pol Sc 4840 credit for this experience. 

POL SC 4840: Developing Dynamics of Democracy 

Examine democratic governance in theory and practice through this study abroad course in the heart of Europe – Prague, Czech Republic.  

In this course, we consider what defines a democracy and the ways in which democratic institutions vary across countries. We will learn about the trajectories of democracy in post-communist Central Europe, covering the revolutions in 1989, the complexities of the democratic and economic transitions, and the governance variations we observe today. We will consider how differences in democratic institutions (parliamentary systems versus presidential systems), electoral systems (proportional representation versus single-member-districts), and party systems affect political representation, quality of governance, and policy outcomes. In assessing this, we will compare the US to the Czech Republic and other European countries. In addition to in-class meetings, course excursions in the Prague region will deepen our appreciation of the Czech Republic's history, culture, and politics. 

We want to answer your questions! If you are thinking about majoring in political science or public administration & policy, contact one of the academic advisors for the department.

Rebecca Fallon (last names A-G)  FallonRM@missouri.edu

Sarah Kammeyer (last names H-O)  KammeyerS@missouri.edu

Kati Abbott (last names P-Z)  AbbottKM@missouri.edu

 

Undergraduate admissions to the Truman School of Government and Public Affairs is handled through campus Admissions. You can apply to MU through this office, find out about financial aid, learn about residential life, and more.

The Department of Political Science offers a wide range of courses and various means of attaining specialization in the field. Political Science courses are divided into four areas of concentration:

  • American Politics & Public Policy
  • Comparative Government
  • International Affairs
  • Political Theory/Methodology

Students are urged to develop a broad understanding of the field by taking courses from multiple areas of concentration.

Note that courses are subject to change without notice. Please see the Schedule of Classes for current offerings.

To get the important practical real world experience that many employers expect people new to the job market to have, many of our students participate in internships in Columbia, Jefferson City, Washington DC, and all around the world.

Internship opportunities:

  • Prosecutor’s and public defender’s offices
  • The staff of state legislators
  • State agencies
  • The staff of members of the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate
  • Interest groups
  • U.S. embassies in exciting cities such as London, Stockholm, Madrid, and Dublin

Kinder Scholars Program in Washington DC

The Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program is offered through The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. This program provides rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors at the University of Missouri with an opportunity to immerse themselves in a course of study on the American constitutional and democratic traditions that uniquely weds theory, history, and practice.

To provide participants with an opportunity to supplement their coursework with practical experience, the program curriculum also requires students to intern Monday-Thursday (min. 25 hours per week) at an organization in D.C. whose mission relates to their academic study of the theory and history of American constitutional democracy.

Study Abroad

Students are also encouraged to include a study abroad experience as part of their undergraduate studies. We offer a department-sponsored program, “Developing Dynamics of Democracy,” where students learn about democracy in Prague for four weeks over the summer. Students will earn Pol Sc 4840 credit for this experience.

POL SC 4840: Developing Dynamics of Democracy

Examine democratic governance in theory and practice through this study abroad course in the heart of Europe – Prague, Czech Republic.

In this course, we consider what defines a democracy and the ways in which democratic institutions vary across countries. We will learn about the trajectories of democracy in post-communist Central Europe, covering the revolutions in 1989, the complexities of the democratic and economic transitions, and the governance variations we observe today. We will consider how differences in democratic institutions (parliamentary systems versus presidential systems), electoral systems (proportional representation versus single-member-districts), and party systems affect political representation, quality of governance, and policy outcomes. In assessing this, we will compare the US to the Czech Republic and other European countries. In addition to in-class meetings, course excursions in the Prague region will deepen our appreciation of the Czech Republic's history, culture, and politics.

The Office of Participatory Democracy

The Office of Participatory Democracy has been created to lend support to activities that give students the opportunity to apply lessons learned in the classroom to more practical situations. This new office provides coaching and financial support to the University of Missouri’s Model United Nations, Debate, and Mock Trial teams. There are currently about 50 students participating in these activities, and there are plans to help sponsor the start of Moot Court and Model Congress teams in the future.

The Office of Participatory Democracy was founded with the generous support of the College of Arts and Science, the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, and the University of Missouri System.

To continue its mission and to thrive in doing so, it will need the support of our alumni, who know how these kinds of experiences can help our students thrive in the real world.

You can donate to the Office of Participatory Democracy Gifts Fund in any amount through our secure website. A donation provides our students with funds to travel to their tournaments. Thank you for helping us to provide these opportunities for students.

Questions? Please contact Bill Horner, Director of the OPD, at mizzoumodelun@gmail.com.

Mizzou Mock Trial

We are an organization that helps undergraduate students gain experience practicing real trial law. Members get the chance to act as attorneys and witnesses in court while trying a case, complete with affidavits, exhibits, witness testimony, jury instructions, and case law.

As an organization, we meet weekly to help members become acquainted with case materials and prepare their roles. We compete at tournaments throughout the school year to prepare for regional and national competitions.

We begin recruiting members for each competitive season at the beginning of each school year. Experience is not necessary, and we typically hold informational sessions in early September. In the meantime, if you have any questions, email us at mumock.exec@gmail.com, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Association website:

Team Website:

Mizzou Model UN

The purpose of this organization shall be to promote understanding of international issues, including those that are of a political, economic, cultural, and environmental nature. Further purposes shall include providing students with information concerning existing international activities on campus and providing students the opportunity to participate in open forums held for the discussion of international-related topics.

Whether you've done it before in high school or just want to try something new, Model UN has something for everybody and every major. We are a welcoming group of students interested in international affairs, specifically, the United Nations, and how nations and international businesses and organizations interact with one another.

In Spring 2018, the team attended the Midwest Model UN Conference in St. Louis from February 21-24 (www.mmun.org) and the ChoMUN Conference in Chicago over spring break (www.chomun.org).

We will be having information sessions at the beginning of the Spring 2017 semester on January 22, 23, and 25 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Switzler 201.

Regular Meetings for Spring Semester 2018 will be on Tuesday nights, 6:30-7:30 in Switzler 201, starting on January 30.

Association Websites:

Team Website:

Mizzou Debate

The Mizzou Debate team is an organization of students who love debate but, more than that, love the pursuit of knowledge. Debate allows students of all academic backgrounds to learn how to organize an argument and present that argument in a logical, convincing way. This is a club team that, for several years, has been competing successfully in the National Parliamentary Debate Association. In parliamentary debate, debaters are given a resolution, told whether they will argue in favor of the resolution or in opposition to it, and given 15 minutes to prepare. All possible topics are ones that well-educated college students should be able to debate intelligently. It is a format that allows both experienced debaters and those new to debate to thrive.

This spring, the Debate team will be hosting a tournament on campus in February and will be participating in several tournaments around the country. Information about those tournaments will be posted on this website.

Websites

For more information about Mizzou Debate, contact:
Mitchell Herrick, Mizzou Debate President, mth4mc@mail.missouri.edu

Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA)/Political Science Club

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college and university students of political science in the United States. MU's chapter is Gamma Zeta and was founded in 1955. In 2009, a sister organization, Political Science Club, was created at MU to create a political science community.

We meet every other Wednesday at 6:30 pm in Middlebush 212. Throughout the semester, we will meet with political science faculty, hear guest lectures, and discuss relevant political topics. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Cassie Marks at cmmgbz@umsystem.edu.

We welcome students from all majors and backgrounds, and we look forward to seeing you there!

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