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Political Science

Political Science

Studying political science at DePauw opens minds and opens doors. Students seek to understand the world and prepare for careers in which they serve, advise, inform and lead. They become problem solvers and analytical writers; policy makers and political advisers; diplomats and researchers and leaders the world needs.

Victoria Houghtalen

From the desk to the campaign trail for the American presidency, at DePauw I am receiving the leadership tools and mentoring to confidently lead others and influence the issues of today.-Victoria Houghtalen Political Science Major, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor

Areas of Study


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Internships students have participated in:

  • Presidential Election Campaign

  • U.S. House of Representatives

  • U.S. Senate

  • Scottish Parliament

  • U.S. Consulates in South America and Europe

  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistant 

  • Donald F. McHenry Global Public Service Fellow

  • Indiana House of Representatives

  • Law firms in Chicago, New York and Indianapolis

Graduate Programs

Graduate schools students have attended:

  • Harvard Law School and Harvard University


  • Yale Law School

  • Georgetown University

  • Oxford University

  • London School of Economics


  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University


  • University of Chicago


  • University of Pennsylvania


  • University of Cambridge, England


  • Northwestern University


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  • Smita A. Rahman, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. Research interests: modern and contemporary political theory; Islamic political theory; global political theory; and politics and popular culture.
  • Deepa Prakash, Ph.D. , Syracuse University. Research interests: international security; political violence; and terrorism studies.
  • Sunil K. Sahu, Ph.D., University of Chicago. Research interests: South Asian politics; international political economy; religion and politics; democracy; political ideologies; and international terrorism.