Florin Citu '96, senator in Romania

Political Science

See beyond the headlines.

Ideologies, identities, economic systems, parties, elections. What are the fundamental bases for how peoples govern themselves and behave as they do? How have divisions arisen and what are the prospects for democracy? An understanding of historical, political, and cultural underpinnings is as important to the well-being of a community as it is to national and global dynamics. You will start with a deep immersion into a broadly informed, inquiry-led curriculum. Fueled by mentored research and rich opportunities to study abroad, you will gain the ability to think critically and communicate complex ideas from a range of perspectives. Whether your dedication to the science of politics, driven by evidence and critical thought, inspires you to pursue graduate studies or a career in public policy, you will be empowered as a thoughtful, active citizen to navigate the complexities and responsibly contribute to your community and to the world.  

Department News

Lauren Miller '21 and Antonella Diaz '23 walking on campus

How an Externship Blossomed into Global Connections

Short-term job shadows with alumni provide excellent opportunities to learn about work and life from fellow Grinnellians.
Sriyash Prajval Kadiyala ’21 and professor Gemma Sala hold award outside HSSC

Kadiyala Awarded 2021 Kihl Prize

The Grinnell College Department of Political Science faculty has named Sriyash Prajval Kadiyala ’21 the recipient of the 2021 Young W. Kihl ’59 Political Science Prize.

Burch and Pavey Receive Critical Language Scholarships

Grinnell College students Makaela Burch’22 and Andy Pavey ’22 were awarded Critical Language Scholarships for summer 2021.
  • Large wind turbine is first in a series of them with a green field and forest in the background

    First-Year Tutorial

    Coping with Climate Change: How Science, Politics and Ethics Interact

    In this fall 2021 tutorial, Wayne Moyer, professor of political science, leads students through an analysis of the global effort to address human-induced climate change. Students will conduct an inquiry into the current state of scientific knowledge about climate change and address how this knowledge combines with other factors in developing policy in the United States and the international arena. 

Department Information


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1210 Park St
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

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