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Established in 1896, the Political Science Department is experiencing rapid growth and expansion.  Increasingly, students are interested in Political Science because it provides them with a broad based curriculum and interdisciplinary background in international affairs drawing upon courses in economics, foreign languages, geography, history, religious studies, and sociology/anthropology. 

Throughout our history, Political Science alumni and friends have stepped forward to assist our mission by providing private resources.  Each donation has allowed us to build our programs and enhance the experience of our students.  To reach our goals we need your continued allegiance.  Please consider making a financial contribution in support of one of the following areas.     

PRESERVE :

Student Enrichment Experiences                                                   $1,000 per opportunity

Education goes well beyond the traditional classroom.  Participation in regional and national conferences, specialized internships, and the ability to travel abroad are just a few of the opportunities, which enhance the educational experience.  Regretfully, many students are denied this type of expertise due to financial hardship.  

Undergraduate Scholarships                                                 $25,000 endowed scholarship

The Department has many academically gifted and talented undergraduate students for whom the awarding of a scholarship would provide the recognition of a job well done.  Endowed scholarship funds would be used to recruit and retain students pursuing Political Science degrees.  Each scholarship award would assist the recipient in addressing the financial costs of their education.

  Study Abroad Scholarship                                                              $25,000 endowed fund

Study abroad experiences are an important facet of a well-rounded education, especially for students focusing in international interests. A study abroad scholarship can relieve the financial burden of experiencing non-U.S. countries or regions, and expose students to new cultural and world perspectives. The Department has study abroad programs geared toward those with law interests, such as the Strasbourg Summer Program in European Law and a partnership with the University of Manchester School of Law in the United Kingdom. Also offered are comparative politics-focused programs in Marburg, Germany; Tartu, Estonia; Buenos Aires, Argentina, etc.  

STRENGTHEN :  

Program Support Funds                                                                   $50,000 endowed fund

The Department’s success has been in part due to the work of our renowned scholars and dedicated students.  The establishment of dedicated program funds would assist with underwriting guest speakers for colloquiums and provide resources for students to participate in professional development opportunities.

Teaching Professorship                                                                   $350,000 demand fund

The prestige of an endowed teaching professorship would provide the program with the ability to recruit a nationally distinguished faculty member for the program.  Current and future students would benefit from this mentor’s expertise.                                                                         

CELEBRATE :

Model United Nations Simulation                                                      $50,000 endowed fund

Students who are pursuing a degree in Political Science are selected to participate in this hands-on, educational experience.  Participation in the M.U.N., offers each student the opportunity to write resolutions, resolve global issues, and negotiate with allies and adversaries in this mock setting.  It is quite expensive for a student to take part in this activity which is held in New York City.  Endowed funds will provide the capability for students to attend this invaluable educational assembly.


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