Political Science and Planning
Pafford 140 • 678-839-6504
R. Schaefer (Chair), S. Caress, L. Howe, G. Kieh, R. Sanders, D. Wagner
T. Hunter, H. Mbaye (Associate Dean, College of Social Sciences)
G. Dixon, S. Lee, J.S. Peralta, P. Rutledge
Limited Term Assistant Professor:
Limited Term Instructor:
The general education mission of the Political Science Department is to help students develop an understanding of the basic values, institutions, political and legal processes and public policies of the American national and Georgia governments so that they can participate in government in a knowledgeable and intelligent fashion. The undergraduate program offers two academic degrees. The primary purpose of the B.A. program is to provide students with a general, liberal arts degree with a major in political science. Such a degree is appropriate for those students who want a broad liberal arts education, plan to attend graduate or law school, or wish to prepare for employment in government, political organizations, journalism or a private business with extensive public contracts. The primary purpose of the B.S. program is to give students an overview of the discipline and a more concentrated focus on a particular subfield of political science/planning so that they are prepared for employment in the public sector or in "not-for-profit" organizations or for professional programs in graduate school or law school. Finally, the department provides service courses related to domestic and international politics for students enrolled in related programs at West Georgia.