Politics Department

The Department of Politics at Washington and Lee University teaches students to be informed and active citizens of a free society, able to think about politics with rigor and nuance. We offer a wide array of courses in American government, political philosophy, global politics, and statistics and methods. We encourage students to pursue their education in an interdisciplinary manner and we provide opportunities to augment their study in off-campus and experiential learning programs.

To this end, the Politics Department faculty:

  • Offer a broad, robust political science curriculum.
  • Structure the major in an interdisciplinary spirit and encourage students to take advantage of off-campus and foreign study programs.
  • Teach in a responsive, solicitous manner.
  • Engage and contribute to the study of politics in the broader scholarly community.
  • Teach courses that enable students to demonstrate competency in: Research and Analysis Objectively Evaluating Information and Arguments and Formulating their own thesis Integrating Knowledge into a broader understanding of Politics



Friday, September 23, 2016

W&L's Strong Composes "The Trumpsburg Address"

The following opinion piece by Bob Strong, William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee, appeared in The Roanoke Times on September 23, 2016, and is reprinted here by permission.

Dr. William B. Allen

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

William B. Allen to Give Constitution Day Lecture on Sept. 16

The Constitution Day lecture at Washington and Lee University, featuring Dr. William B. Allen, emeritus professor of political philosophy at Michigan State University, will be Sept. 16 at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.

Ambassador Theodore Kattouf

Friday, September 02, 2016

Ambassador Theodore Kattouf to Speak on Syria and the Middle East

Ambassador Theodore Kattouf, the first speaker of Washington and Lee's 2016-18 Center for International Educational Colloquium on "Borders and Their Human Impact," will give a lecture on Sept. 14 at 5:15 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.