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Political Science

The Political Science program provides instruction for students interested in a wide variety of careers in political science such as teaching law, international relations, public affairs and civil service.  The program provides a thorough knowledge of political science theory, methodology, quantitative reasoning, and computer research skills necessary to meet the competitive demands of graduate and professional study.  Students achieve a high level of oral and written communication skills and have opportunities to gain work experience through a variety of internship programs.



Program Clubs & Organization


Political Science Society focuses on leadership potential of its members: organizing, mobilizing, and planning policy sessions on national and international issues. Conduct forums, research and simulations.


African World Network Organization, Inc. Dillard chapter promotes African-American partnership: cultural relations, intellectual African American based issues, stimulating African focus ambassadorial careers for students. It promotes student involvement in practical non-profit leadership as an educational leadership objective and African related travel-experience.


National Political Science Honor Society promotes academically excelling political leaders.


Pre-Law Organization seeks to prepare students who are future lawyers and friends of the court: Amicus curia.


Project Pericles at Dillard is part of the national not-for-profit organization, and facilitates a commitment to include social responsibility and participatory citizenship as essential elements of our educational program.


Center for Law & Public Interest grew out of Dillard University’s commitment to undergraduate students who seek careers in law, governmental service, criminal justice, social work, and public policy. An enriched learning environment is provided which include: Law school entrance examination preparation (LSAT), public lectures, workshops, undergraduate research internships, and scholarships.  In addition, the Center’s activities include: Advocacy training and development on issues critical to public interest and social justice.




 What can I do with a degree in Political Science?


Areas of Law

  • Lawyer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Paralegal
Areas of Politics
  • Staff of State or National Official
  • Campaign Worker
  • Political Party
  • Public Interest Groups
Areas of Journalism
  • Editing
  • Reporting/Research
  • Circulation
  • Sales
Areas of Broadcast Journalism
  • News Programming
  • Productions
Areas of Nonprofit
  • Administration
  • Management
  • Public Relations
  • Fund Raising
Areas of Education
  • Teacher 
  • Professor
Areas of Government
  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Regional Planning
  • City or Town Management
  • Peace Corps
  • Intelligence Service
  • Foreign Service
  • Political Affairs
  • Economic Affairs
  • Adminstrative Affairs
  • Consular Services
  • US International
  • Communication Agency
Areas of Business
  • International
  • National
  • Marketing / Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Banking / Finance
  • Retail


Learning Outcomes


Students will:

  • Gain a general knowledge of the structures, powers and procedures of United States federal and state governments and foreign governments
  • Be able to think critically and analytically about contemporary political questions
  • Be able to apply knowledge and skills to solve contemporary social problems



Gary M. Clark, Ph.D.                                                                                                   
Chairperson, Department of Social Sciences
Barron Hilton Endowed Professor
Political Science
Revius O. Ortique, Jr. Endowed Chair
Politics and Social Thought
Director, Center for Law & Public Interest
Director, Project Pericles
Office: DUICEF 235
Phone: 504.816.4243
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Blair Condoll, J.D.
Phone: (504)816-4701
George Amedee, Ph.D.
Phone: (504)816-4701


Political Science Course Listing:

  • POL 200 – Introduction to Political Science
  • POL 201 – American National Government
  • POL 202 – State and Local Government
  • POL 206 – Research Methods
  • POL 300 – Constitutional Law
  • POL 301 – International Relations
  • POL 305 – Political Theory
  • POL 308 Black Politics
  • POL 312 – Problems in Political Science Research
  • POL 315 – Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • POL 361 – Special Topics in Political Science
  • POL 401 – Comparative Political Ideologies
  • POL 403 – Third World Political Development
  • POL 431 – Internships
  • POL 450 – Senior Seminar
  • POL 460 – Independent Study




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