Delve into the politics and policies of the United States, as well as the world, including law, the environment, civil rights, socialism, conservatism and other contemporary issues.

Study a challenging, intensive curriculum that reflects a concern with the improvement of local, national and global communities. Participate in local and national internships and/or study abroad. Complete a meaningful senior thesis project and learn with professors who are actively involved at Pacific University and in other arenas. Benefit from the program’s strong ties to Pacific’s Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement.

Upcoming Events

7 p.m. | Monday, Oct. 3, 2022
Forest Grove, Marsh Hall, Taylor Auditorium 216
2:15 p.m. | Monday, Oct. 31, 2022
Forest Grove, Marsh Hall, 101
6 to 7 p.m. | Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022
Forest Grove, Marsh Hall, Taylor Auditorium 216


Zoraida Espinoza '22

Espinoza is “the total package," said Politics & Government Professor Paul Snell. "She is an outstanding, hard-working, compassionate student."

Professor Paul Snell and Pres. Lesley Hallick

Paul Snell has received the Pacific University Provost’s Junior Faculty Award for Service.

Flyer for migration symposium

Pacific University's Latinx Studies Program invites you to a two-day symposium centered on the politics of migration in the United States, as it relates to themes of borders, mobility, citizenship, immigration policy, and belonging.