Department of Political Science



Mission Statement

The Department of Political Science sees its mission as one that looks both inward and outward. We strive to build, amongst our majors, minors and those other students who take our classes, a broad foundational understanding of the principles of our discipline. For our majors, this will include a knowledge base in the following areas:

  • Comparative Politics;
  • International Relations;
  • Political Theory;
  • Public Law/Public Administration;
  • Research Methods; and
  • U.S. Government.

Our orientation in building this academic understanding is towards the larger communities of which we are all a part. We seek to prepare students for informed and responsible citizenship and civic engagement; to provide them with the tools and training necessary to become productive professionals in public or private service; and to ensure their ability to effectively adapt to and participate in a rapidly changing world.

Contact Information

Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall, Room 316
Robbin Smith
Department Chair, Associate Professor
Political Science
Coordinator, Legal Studies Concentration
Political Science
Law School Advisor
Academic Affairs
Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall
Heather Berte
Political Science