Political Science

Political Science courses are intended to increase students’ understanding of government and politics as authoritative institutions and processes that fundamentally impact their daily lives.

The program is designed for students who wish to enter government or politics as a career, as well as students who, entering other careers, understand the impact of government and politics upon their choices and activities. It is especially recommended for pre-law students.

Careers

Political Science graduates have gone into careers in government service, law enforcement, the military, the paralegal field, and teaching at the college and (with appropriate preparation in education) middle and high school levels.

Internships

Davis & Elkins political science majors have participated in two excellent internship programs sponsored by the West Virginia Legislature. First, the Frasure-Singleton Internship allows students to work closely with a legislator for one week during the legislative session. Second, the Judith Herndon Fellowship is a full semester experience in which the student spends 60 days working with a legislator during the legislative session. The student will spend the remainder of the semester working with a state agency.

In addition to the Frasure-Singleton and Herndon programs, Davis & Elkins College has a relationship with the Washington Center. This organization provides a variety of impressive internships with Federal agencies and non-governmental organizations in the Washington, D.C., area.

Department Directory

Ronda Engstrom

Ronda Engstrom

Instructor of Criminology
Derek Fincham

Derek Fincham

Director of The Naylor Learning Center; Adjunct Faculty in Psychology and Sociology
Sarah Garrison

Sarah Garrison

Chair, Division of Social Science; Assistant Professor of Psychology
Jamie Morgan

Jamie Morgan

Instructor of Criminology and Director of Public Safety
Kimberly Morgan

Kimberly Morgan

Instructor of Psychology
Kara Parrack

Kara Parrack

Adjunct Faculty, Social Science
John Poffenbarger

John Poffenbarger

Associate Professor of Political Science
Richard Thornton

Richard Thornton

Adjunct Faculty, Social Science

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