Our mission is to create and disseminate knowledge though undergraduate instruction, graduate training, research, and community outreach. For our undergraduates, we offer a diverse set of courses spanning American politics, constitutional development, public policy, foreign affairs, strategic studies, and comparative politics. While some specialized courses have immediate utility in practical settings—and we offer opportunities to link academic study with internships and study abroad—the undergraduate mission of the Department is to impart the knowledge and intellectual skills that enrich lives, careers, and active citizenship.

Graduate study takes place in both small seminars and through faculty mentorship and is designed to produce new generations of scholars and teachers who create and disseminate knowledge. The diversity of the substantive focus of the faculty, theoretical orientations, and methodological skills provides a rich educational experience that maximizes the opportunity for our MAs and PhDs to make distinctive contributions in their fields.

We have an award-winning faculty—in both teaching and research—who are standout scholars in their fields. Our students learn directly from the people who create the knowledge and insights about politics through their research. This first-hand information puts our students into cutting-edge classes; there simply is no better way to receive a university education.

Welcome to Mizzou!

Cooper Drury, Department Chair


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  • Expert Seminar with Prof. Sheena Greitens

  • EAI held an Expert Seminar of the EAI Fellows Program on March 29, 2016 with Professor Sheena Greitens from the University of Missouri. Professor Greitens presented on North Koreans’ resettlement in South Korean society, entitled “Post-Authoritarian Citizenship Among North Korean-Born Individuals in South Korea.”

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  • Book Details Legal Struggles of Lloyd Gaines

  • Most people who have attended the University of Missouri are familiar with the Gaines Oldham Black Culture Center or have heard of Lloyd Gaines, the first African-American to apply to the MU law school, which denied his application. Until now, however, few have been aware of the legal battles Gaines and the NAACP waged to guarantee equal rights decades before the civil rights movement gained steam.

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  • Mizzou senior earns Schwarzman Scholarship

  • When Anurag Chandran left his home in Dubai and moved to Columbia to start his freshman year at Mizzou, it was the first time he had traveled to the United States. As expected, he encountered a world of difference between Dubai and the U.S. For one thing, he couldn’t figure out the weather as he was used to measuring temperature in Celsius.

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  • If citizens want to get rid of selfishness and gridlock in legislatures, term limits are not the answer

  • Frustrated with legislative gridlock, many commentators have suggested term limits to ensure fresh ideas that will improve legislative efficiency. In new research which studies bill cosponsorship in 82 legislative chambers, Clint S. Swift and Kathryn A. VanderMolen find that term limits for legislators actually reduces bipartisan cooperation.

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  • Wellness Crusader: Truman Scholar Emily Waggoner works to change mental health policy

  • As a freshman at Jefferson City High School, Emily Waggoner was having trouble fitting in. She was not performing well on the school’s softball team, and she was losing friends. She struggled with the transition to high school. That adversity eventually led to an eating disorder that left Waggoner weighing just 93 pounds.

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  • 2015 Winners of Mizzou 3MT®

  • Thirty doctoral candidates participated in the first annual Mizzou Three Minutes Thesis competition. From two preliminary nights, 12 winners advanced to the semi finals: Nathaniel Graham, Madeline Miller, Surya Sapkota, Arianna Soldati, TasiaTaxis, Jessica M. Anderson, Lincoln Sheets, Sarah Smith, Page Quinton, Scott Askinosie, Sarah E Lirley McCune, and Maria Jones.

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  • A Strong Constitution: Kinder Institute scholars aim to keep democracy safe for the world

  • Originally, Samantha Franks’ concentration area within her political science major was conflict, but she made the switch to constitutional studies. “I’m probably more interested in conflict,” says Franks, a senior from Nixa, Missouri. “It’s just that the constitutional studies stuff here is so good.”

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  • Political Science Professor Calls Iranian Nuclear Deal a Good Beginning

  • President Barak Obama says the Iranian nuclear agreement announced by the United States and its partners Tuesday is “a historic chance to pursue a safer and more secure world.” Speaking in the East Room of the White House yesterday, the president said the deal will ensure the Iranians will not produce a nuclear weapon for the next 15 years.

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  • Fearless Fares: Why Fares Akremi is no longer afraid to dream big

  • Fares Akremi spent his freshman year proving to himself he belonged at the University of Missouri and his ACT score wasn’t a fluke. Homeschooled in Jamestown, Missouri, Akremi wasn’t sure he would succeed in college. “I was scared of my own shadow,” he says.

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  • Canadian Studies Center Receives Governor General’s Medallion

  • The Canadian Studies Center recently received a tremendous honor—His Excellency the Right Honorable David Johnston awarded the Governor General’s Medallion to the center for its many contributions to strengthen relationships between Canada and the United States.

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  • Department of Political Science Video

  • Overview of the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri

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Address: 113 Professional Building, Columbia, MO 65211-6030
Phone: 573-882-2843
FAX: 573-884-5131
E-mail: PoliticalScience@missouri.edu
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