What part of your life IS NOT influenced by politics or public policy?

Come engage our political science professors and students in this discussion through our courses and research. Blake Hall holds an exclusive spot near the Chancellor's residence hugging the edge of the hill and all are welcome to our corner of the campus. Use the links on this page to begin charting your future path in the private, public, or non-profit sector. We can create opportunities for you!

The Department of Political Science offers degrees for undergraduate (B.A., B.G.S.) and graduate (M.A., Ph.D.) students. If you have questions about our graduate or undergraduate programs, we invite you to contact us. Our Graduate Director is Associate Professor Mark Joslyn and our Undergraduate Director is Associate Professor Christina Bejarano. Our course offerings are grouped according to subfields which represent our discipline: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Public Policy and Political Theory.   People who are interested in joining our department are invited to peruse our faculty and graduate student listing in order to contact people who share their interest.

Don Haider-Markel, Professor & Chair


t’s been about 5 years since Bob Dole last visited the Dole Institute. What a great addition to the 10th Anniversary celebration --he’ll be back next Tuesday, Apr. 22, at approx. 11 a.m. to speak with students and citizens at the Dole Institute in an open house!!! Parking is limited. We hope to see you there! More details here http://ow.ly/vPXQC
KU-Van Go partnership supports young people in need Van Go, a Lawrence social service agency, and student interns from the University of Kansas use art to teach job and life skills to high-needs youth. Since the program was established in 1997, hundreds of teens in crisis have found success as they create art for the community. In 2013, Van Go and KU received the inaugural Outstanding Community & Campus Collaboration Award at the Campus Compact Heartland Conference on Civic Engagement. The award recognizes an outstanding, involved, and sustained campus--community partnership.


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