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

News

Seth Cantey

Saturday, July 23, 2016

W&L's Cantey Examines U.S. Policy Toward Syria

The following opinion piece by Seth Cantey, Assistant Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee, appeared on USA Today's website on July 21, 2016, and is reprinted here by permission.

Robert Strong, interim provost and William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

W&L's Strong Quoted on MSN

Bob Strong, William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee, was quoted in a recent MSN article on Why Presidential Candidates Keep Dumbing it Down.

Bren Flanigan '16

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bren Flanigan '16 to Serve in the Peace Corps

Bren Flanigan, a 2016 graduate of Washington and Lee University, will be putting his B.A. in economics and global politics to work with the United Nations over the summer before he departs for his posting with the Peace Corps, as a community economic development advisor in Benin.