Political Science at McMurry University
The Department of Political Science has as its main goal preparing students for a variety of careers requiring expertise in politics and international relations as well as graduate and professional education, including law school. The department provides a broad education to majors in the four traditional fields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political philosophy. The department seeks to equip majors with the intellectual tools for understanding not only the American political system, but those of other major foreign countries, the dynamics of international political interaction in an increasingly interdependent world, international economic issues, and different philosophical perspectives on politics.
Special Programs and Opportunities
The department offers departmental honors for those students who qualify. Please see the description of the honors program here. The department also sponsors an award-winning Model United Nations Program.
Students Paloma Bocanegra and Shy Guill at the recent
Jones County candidates forum
Look What Our Graduates are Doing!
After graduating from McMurry University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Abel Romero left Abilene in 2012 to pursue a master’s degree in defense and strategic studies in Washington, D.C. “I’ve been fortunate to have a few great internship opportunities in the nation’s capital,” said Romero.
In the spring of 2013, he interned in the office of Congressman Randy Weber (R-TX-14). Interning on Capitol Hill is a rite of passage for many who are looking to work in government or politics.
“It’s a great opportunity to become familiar with the federal government, and learn about the legislative process,” said Romero.
During summer 2013, he began an internship at the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The NNSA is the agency responsible for the safety and security of the US nuclear stockpile.
Romero said that as a student of national security policy, interning for the NNSA was a perfect fit. His internship was a great opportunity to not only develop as a professional in his area of study, but also expand his knowledge by being exposed to new competencies and areas of the federal government that he can carry with him throughout his career.