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The political science major is designed for those who wish to understand politics, effectively engage the world around them, and make a difference. It prepares students to study law, work in government service, research, or teach in a school setting. The political science curriculum provides a broad foundation in the study of American political history, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory. Students may also choose to participate in the American Studies Program or to study abroad in consultation with their adviser.

Two concentrations are available:

  • General – designed for those students who desire a broad foundation in all areas of politics
  • International Politics – prepares students to engage political realities within the context of global studies

Political science majors at Milligan learn:

  • A broad knowledge of American politics, international politics, comparative politics, and political theory
  • Diverse methods to understand and analyze political institutions and political conflicts
  • Preparation across the political science discipline for a wide range of careers, not limited to but including law school, graduate school, and government service
  • An awareness of the roles and responsibilities of citizenship at the local, national, and international levels

Course Requirements

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (link below). The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.


The political science minor is designed for those who wish to study law or prepare for government service. Political science might be taken as a valuable adjunct to a major in history or business administration and economics


John Paul Abner
Professor of Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Counseling; Director of Academic Advising

Professor of Counseling, Director of the Campus Counseling Center

Joy Drinnon
Professor of Psychology; Director of Undergraduate Research

Amy Edmonds
Associate Professor of Political Science

Professor Emerita of Sociology and Missions

Hongyou Lu
Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies; Engineering Program Development Associate

Dr. Lori Mills, professor of psychology at Milligan
Professor of Psychology

Associate Professor of Counseling

Rebecca Sapp
Area Chair of Social Learning; Professor of Counseling; MSC Program Director

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