Students in Political Science and International Relations examine how humans organize their societies and make collective choices for the whole. They focus on the behavior of individuals (both ordinary people and leaders) and groups, and on the institutions that humans use to make and implement public policy decisions. Political Science majors focus on American and National issues, whereas the International Relations students in particular examine the interactions among states (countries) and on international governance. Both majors examine not just “governments,” but the entire process of governing.
2014 Claire Wilka, Political Science, tied for for Best Poster in the Arts and Sciences/Humanities category (undergraduate). Poster entitled: "The Impact of Monetary Contributions on Medicaid Expansion Decisions in the 50 States."
2014 Kelly Burdine, International Relations, won for Best Oral Presentation (graduate level) titled "Does the Cyber Network Reflect State Interaction in the International System?"
2013 Grant Goodman, Political Science, won Best Poster in the Arts and Sciences/Humanities category (undergraduate) for his poster "USAID Spending in Latin America: An Analysis of U.S. Signal Data."
2012 Kathleen McGlynn, International Relations, won Best Poster in the Arts and Sciences/Humanities category (graduate/professional) for her poster "The Economics and Politics of Debauchery: A Study on the U.S. Commercial Sex Industry."
2011 Thomas Kierl, Political Science, won Best Poster in the Arts and Sciences/Humanities category (undergraduate) for his poster "Poverty in Native American Tribal Areas: Effects of Economic Geographical Restrictions."
DO TERM LIMITED LEGISLATORS VOTE DIFFERENTLY?
By Michael Abboud
THE EFFECTS OF POLITICAL EFFICACY THROUGH THE GENERAL ELECTION: A CLOSER LOOK AT AMERICAN INDIANS
By Margaret O'Connor
EXPLAINING STATE VARIATION ON FRACKING LEGISLATION
By Taylor Benson
THE EFFECTS OF INTERNET USAGE ON VOTER CHOICE IN THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
By Media Ajir
VARIATION IN THE DURATION OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
By Stephanie Oliver
THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
By Amandha Rohr Lopes
THE IMPACT OF MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS ON MEDICAID EXPANSION DECISIONS IN THE 50 STATES
By Claire Wilka
THE TEA PARTY IN CONGRESS: EXAMINING VOTING TRENDS ON DEFENSE AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE LEGISLATION
By Peter Ganz
VARIATION IN MEDICAL MARIJUANA SUPPORT
By Ian Terayama
STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES: DOES WHAT WE PAY OUR TEACHERS HURT OUR STUDENTS?
By Tara Whitley
WOMEN IN POLITICS: EXAMINING THE GENDER GAP IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN NATIONAL PARLIAMENTS
By Alexandrea Swanson