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Political Science

The political science major at Rollins prepares you for a lifetime of responsible leadership, giving you the tools to lead powerful change in our backyard and around the world.

In small, discussion-based classes, you’ll learn about how the world really works from expert faculty who make your development their No. 1 priority. Along the way, you’ll gain in-demand problem-solving skills—from data analysis and critical thinking to deliberate decision-making and persuasive oral and written communication—and then put your newfound knowledge to work through study-abroad experiences, immersive internships, and collaborative research projects.

Whether you pursue a career in politics and government or business and law, you’ll be uniquely prepared to create lasting positive change.

Why Study Political Science at Rollins

Emphasis on Communication

Our focus on persuasive writing, critical analysis, and dynamic public speaking prepares you for a high-impact career and helps you stand out in today’s ever-evolving economy.

Collaborative Research

Every student has the opportunity to conduct professional research alongside faculty as an undergrad. Recent projects have examined demographic change, minority voting rights, and the effect of electoral laws on voter behavior.

Field Studies

From Cuba and Ecuador to Tanzania and Thailand, our faculty-led field studies let you engage today’s most pressing issues—democracy and economic development, human rights and ecotourism—all around the globe.

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David Bagby
“The political science department at Rollins prepared me not just for graduate school and my career, but also for life as an engaged citizen. I apply the lessons I learned in the classroom daily in Washington, D.C., and am forever grateful for the education I received as a student in the department.”

David Bagby ’06

Legislative Director, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, Vice Chair of the DNC

Rollins Political Science Careers

Rollins political science grads are making tomorrow happen everywhere from Capitol Hill to the courts.

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Libby Schaaf ’87

Mayor of Oakland, California

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Steve Leopoldo ’04

President, Margin of Era Research

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Dan Sallick ’91

Partner and Founder, Subject Matter

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Ted Scott ’12 ’13MBA

Chief of Staff and Corporate Development Manager, Sonobi

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Gillian Smith ’95

Vice President of Marketing and Sales, LEGOLAND Florida

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Jason Emilios Dimitris ’92

Miami-Dade Circuit Court

Real World Experience

Hone the knowledge and skills you’re developing in the classroom through internships and community engagement projects at local, national, and international organizations.

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Popular Courses

In addition to core studies in American government, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory, you’ll explore topics ranging from sustainable development and climate change politics to Middle Eastern and Latin American politics.

POL 332
International Human Rights

Examine the theories, politics, and laws that shape our understanding of human rights around the world. Along the way, you’ll engage with issues such as gender, culture, refugees, and modern slaves.

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POL 302
The Politics of Global Poverty

Explore political dynamics in developing areas such as Africa, Asia, and Latin America, paying special attention to policies that address extreme poverty.

POL 346
Voting and Elections

Investigate electoral behavior in the U.S., including explanations for why people vote the way they do, contemporary trends, and how media and money affect election outcomes.

POL 353
Foreign Policy of the U.S.

Assess the decision-making power of various stakeholders while asking whether U.S. foreign policy is reactive. Also explore nuclear security, arms control, trade relations, foreign aid, New World Order, and North-South issues.

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POL 351
International Security

Analyze how international security is changing global interactions and how the world can adjust while also examining causes of war and conditions that promote peace.

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POL 382
Constitutional Law

Delve into major U.S. Supreme Court decisions in order to understand the judicial system’s role in our government. Topics range from judicial review to constitutional protection of property.

A Day in the Life of a Rollins Political Science Major

“The political science major provided me with both a theoretical and practical understanding of politics, with a focus on real-world applications. I gained valuable academic knowledge as well as knowledge of the world beyond the classroom.”

Huda Awan ’18

JD Candidate, Stetson University College of Law

Beyond the Classroom

The Democracy Project Pull up a chair and discuss hot topics with The Democracy Project, a nonpartisan initiative that empowers you with the knowledge and know-how to engage in our democratic processes.

Ideas in Action Help identify and implement solutions to local problems through The Hive, a regular forum run by IDEAS For Us, a nonprofit founded by Rollins grad Clayton Louis Ferrara ’09.

Refugee in Residence At the only college in Florida providing on-campus housing to refugees, you can volunteer, mentor, or study alongside a family in need—experiencing transformational learning in the process.

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Expert Faculty

Rollins political science professors boast extensive on-the-ground experience across the globe, including several Fulbright awards. They frequently collaborate with students in the classroom, in the community, and around the world, reflecting a commitment to developing the next generation of leaders.

Department of Political Science
Cornell Hall for the Social Sciences
1000 Holt Ave. – 2762
Winter Park, FL 32789-4499
T. 407.646.2158
F. 407.646.2363

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