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.
Special Note For Students Declaring Remotely: On the field of study declaration form (see link above), students can indicate which professor they would like to serve as their advisor. If possible, that request will be honored. If they do not know who they would like to be their advisor, they can put the chair’s name, Dr. Liz Smith, and she will either serve as their advisor or assign them one in the department. The student should then download the form, and attach it to an email they send to the Chair of Politics and International Affairs: firstname.lastname@example.org. The student will be contacted by their POL major advisor within a week. If the student does not hear from their advisor within a week, they should contact the chair.
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.
The Justicia Project provides students with hands-on legal experience in the areas of criminal law, family law, and immigration law. Students are supervised by faculty members of the Department of Politics and International Affairs.
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.