Politics & Government

Pacific University’s politics and government program offers courses that focus on the enduring questions of politics — the who, what, when and how of politics and government. Courses delve into the politics and policies of the United States, as well as the world, including topics related to law, the environment, civil rights, socialism, conservatism and other contemporary issues.

Program Highlights

  • Study a challenging, intensive curriculum that reflects a concern with the improvement and transformation of local, national and global communities
  • Participate in local and national internships
  • Study abroad
  • Complete a meaningful senior thesis project
  • Learn with professors who are involved not only in the university, but in many outside activities
  • Benefit from the program’s strong ties to the Pacific University Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation


Courses delve into the politics of the United States and the world, including topics related to the environment, the media, civil rights, social change, religion, socialism, conservatism and other contemporary issues. The department takes seriously George Orwell’s mantra that “all issues are political issues,” offering courses on the history of political development in regions around the world, protest and its suppression, economic markets, dictatorships and security.

The department strongly encourages students to include a semester off-campus experience. Many of the students majoring in politics and government find internships in the Oregon Legislature or Congressional offices in Washington, D.C. Other opportunities are available in social service and government agencies, interest groups or law firms.


Politics and government students are well-rounded citizens with a deep understanding of a wide range of issues, from the environment and the media to social change, civil rights and conservatism. They are skilled critical thinkers and communicators who are well-poised to be leaders in communities, nonprofit organizations, campaigns and businesses.

Our graduates work in local and state government, as well as embassies and nongovernmental organizations abroad; serve members U.S. Congress; manage political campaigns; work as lobbyists and political consultants, teach English overseas; and go on to graduate studies in a variety of topics, including as Fulbright Scholars.

Associate Professor; Politics & Government Department Chair
Assistant Professor and Director of Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation