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Political Science


Learn more about major/minor requirements and courses in the College Catalog


What is Political Science?Mississippi Capital Building in Jackson, MS
Defined by Aristotle as the "study of the state," Political Science is a social science discipline concerned with that very principle Aristotle described, as well as government and politics.   During your time with the Political Science Department at Millsaps College, you will be challenged in varying disciplines including:

  • Law
  • History
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • National and International Politics and Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Theory

Meet Some of our Outstanding Students!

Interested in law school? The legal field? Or just want to learn more about what the Millsaps Political Science Department can do for you and your future? Click here for information on the Pre-Law Program at Millsaps College, and the numerous ways you can get involved!

What Makes Studying Political Science at Millsaps so Special?
Located in the Mecca of Mississippi State Government and 5 minutes from the Mississippi Senate and House of Representatives, Millsaps College offers a unique opportunity for students to pursue a degree in political science in a city that is shaped by politics. The department offers teachers who challenge students to assert their own viewpoints in a scholarly and professional way. The small class sizes help students get the attention they need from professors as well as promote discussions in ways that a larger classroom setting cannot provide.

What Can I do with my Degree?
Upon leaving Millsaps with a Political Science degree, you will be able to engage in discussions about important issues of our day. The critical thinking skills cultivated in the Political Science Department are necessary in just about every professional field. 

Political Science students and faculty

With a degree in political science, you can pursue a career in areas such as:

  • Law
  • Business
  • Journalism
  • Public Affairs
  • International Affairs
  • Government
  • Teaching
  • Interest Groups
  • and Many Others!
    Sullivan Harrell, Millsaps College

The department offices are located in Sullivan-Harrell Hall 167-170 and are open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please contact the department before you visit so that we can schedule a personalized tour for you! 

If you have any questions please, contact one of our distinguished professors in the Political Science Department, Kenneth Townsend, for more information!