Our faculty and students bring a wide variety of experiences and perspectives into our classrooms, and we use these as an opportunity to challenge one another to deeper levels of analysis, critical thinking, and effective communication. In our classrooms, you’ll find professors and students involved in hands-on learning—examining philosophical texts, analyzing the latest election surveys, and engaging in lively, civil discussion on the most pressing issues in current affairs and the enduring questions of political life. We take education out into the world, with study away programs to Europe and Latin America and internships in Greenville, Washington, D.C., and Brussels. Our Tocqueville Program and partnership with the Riley Institute bring important scholars and national and world leaders to campus. Studying politics and international affairs at Furman is a complete, real-world experience.
Aspiring attorneys can gain valuable experience as members of Furman's nationally ranked mock trial team.
The Tocqueville Program sponsors a popular student seminar in political thought, and brings some of the nation's most prominent scholars and intellectuals to campus for public lectures.
Thanks to the Politics and International Affairs department at Furman, I have become a better political scientist, a more considerate thinker, and a more well-rounded person.
Being a Politics and International Affairs major has been an invaluable experience that has allowed me to build meaningful relationships with many professors.
I attribute the majority of my growth to the professors in the Politics and International Affairs department who never waver in their support, encouragement, and tough love.
A degree in political science with a liberal arts focus puts our graduates in high demand at top law schools, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private companies.