Welcome to the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at Kennesaw State University.
Politics touches on every aspect of our lives – from your local town hall to the United Nations. In Political Science we examine current affairs, history, and theory and practice to formulate standards for judging the quality of political life and the performance of institutions. We are concerned with how societies are governed and the implications for various political structures, processes, and attitudes. The study of politics -- local, state, national and international -- is the study of people and societies struggling with issues of war and peace, order and freedom, justice and equality.
The faculty, staff, and students in this Department take considerable pride in our discipline. We find great excitement in the study of Political Science and International Affairs and real satisfaction in sharing the knowledge gained from that study with each other, our students and community. The department is diverse and student-focused. It has been recognized for Teaching Excellence by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. Our faculty members have earned awards and distinction in areas of teaching, research and service. Graduates of our programs have found rewarding careers within and outside our discipline.
We offer two undergraduate degrees (B.S. in Political Science and B.A. in International Affairs), and three graduate programs (M.S. in Conflict Management, Master of Public Administration, and M.S. in International Policy Management).
The school's faculty, staff, and graduate assistants are here to assist you as you navigate the road to discovery. The undergraduate experience involves self-discovery; how much you learn depends to a large extent on how much time and effort you invest. Our graduate programs are rigorous and focused and applied and will help you prepare for rewarding careers or further study. Explore our website and discover how our curricula and programs can contribute to the pursuit of your professional goals while enhancing your personal growth.
We wish you the very best as you progress with your academic career.
Robert Smith, Chair
The Department of Political Science and International Affairs is committed to excellence in teaching, learning, research, and service. Our primary goal is to provide our students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and analytical capabilities to understand political systems, and to be involved citizens and high-performing professionals in their careers. Through our various academic programs and outreach activities, internships and practica, the faculty and students work together to engage in scholarship in areas such as domestic and international politics and policy, public administration, and conflict management.