I speak for all faculty in saying that it is an honor and a privilege for us to serve in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University.

The Department of Political Science's mission is to be at the forefront of political science research, teaching, and public service so that we can transform the human experience and inspire our leaders. We do so embracing the land grant mission of Michigan State University; our efforts focus on serving our fellow citizens, locally, nationally, and throughout the world.

If you are a current or prospective student, please explore this website to see all the programs and opportunities we provide. These enable you to take full advantage of an education at Michigan State University. Our Department is committed to educating and training our students to transform our state and the world through all facets of public service as well as creating a safer and more supportive university.

If you are a graduate or former student, then we want to hear from you! Please update us on where you are. You might also notice some things have changed, but our students really treasure our connections to alumni.

Thank you for visiting. Go Green!

Corwin D. Smidt, PhD
Associate Professor and Interim Chair




About MSU Political Science

The Department of Political Science at Michigan State University is part of the College of Social Sciences. We describe and analyze political institutions and processes. The department is divided into subfields in American politics, international relations, comparative politics, public policy, and political thought. Our goal is to educate students at both the undergraduate and graduate level about political concepts, theories, and methods.

This website is a resource to students, faculty, and visitors to answer questions about the Political Science program, and to provide information about what’s happening around the department. Feel free to take a look around or come visit the department’s offices in 303 South Kedzie Hall.