Texas State University Logo

Department Links

Graduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

POSI Faculty Resources

Helpful Links

Join the Conversation

adjust type sizemake font smallermake font largerreset font size

Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science Feature Image

Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science is part of the College of Liberal Arts.
Teaching Teachers Feature Image

Teaching Teachers

MA Courses for Social Studies Teachers.
Graduate Programs Feature Image

Graduate Programs

Learn about our graduate programs.
Undergraduate Programs Feature Image

Undergraduate Programs

Political Science Undergraduate Programs
Center for Research, Public Policy, Training Feature Image

Center for Research, Public Policy, Training

Engaging public agencies and non-profits through research and real world training.
Thumbnail for Department of Political Science Department of Political Science
Thumbnail for Teaching Teachers Teaching Teachers
Thumbnail for Graduate Programs Graduate Programs
Thumbnail for Undergraduate Programs Undergraduate Programs
Thumbnail for Center for Research, Public Policy, Training Center for Research, Public Policy, Training

Department News

Expand or Collapse all.

Students discuss the state of the Caribbean in the 21st Century

On Thursday, March, 12, Texas State University students, faculty, and residents of San Marcos gathered at the LBJ Museum of San Marcos and listened to Bobcat Alum Ambassador Oliver del Cid discuss the current state of Caribbean nations. Ambassador del Cid attended Southwest Texas State University and graduated with a degree in Political Science in 1994. He is currently the ambassador from Belize to Mexico. This event was hosted by the LBJ Museum of San Marcos and the Texas State University Political Science Department.


Ambasador del Cid discusses the CaribbeanCaribbean in the 21st Century

Students Attend Panel Discussion on the Middle East

On Thursday, February 26, dozens of Political Science and International Studies students gathered in a UAC classroom to listen to various issues facing the Middle East, as well as the United States' role in the region. Three faculty members from the Political Science Department, Dr. Arnold Leder, Dr. Robert Gorman, and Dr. Thomas Doyle, led the discussion. The panel was moderated by Dr. Kenneth Grasso, chair of the Department of Political Science. This event was sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Pi Sigma Alpha.

Students listen to problems in the Middle East

Panel on the Middle East  Dr. Leder discusses the Middle East


Students Discuss Challenges to Democracy

On February 9th, the Department of Political Science Discourse in Democracy hosted two seminars and a symposium on the Challenges to Democracy around the world. The Department welcomed panelists Dr. Terri Givens (from University of Texas), Dr. Ayesha Rey (from Kings College), Dr. Omar Sanchez (from Texas State University), and Dr. Laura Seay (from Colby College) to lend their expertise and help guide these discussions. For the evening symposium, nearly 300  Texas State students and faculty gathered in Alkek to listen to and discuss various challenges to democracy.

Students discuss challenges to democracSeminar on problems with democracy


Students Utilize Moot Court for International Law Simulation

Students in Dr. Gorman's international law class argue a case in the new Moot Court room in the University Academic Building.  Bethany Stewart and Ben Kleiber (left facing the judges) defend Omar Bashir, President of Sudan, against charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes as the Prosecutors of the International Criminal Court, Jessica Altherr and Matthew DePue, present video evidence in an attempt to persuade the ICC Court of Bashir's guilt.  The judges hearing the case are Eric Rogers, Emmett Newton (in wigs), along with Jeannette Castro, Mason Pfeiffer, and Jason Montgomery, in the center, acting as court president.

Moot Court Simulation  Moot Court Simulation

Alumni Panel - November 17th


The Department of Political Science welcomed alumni to talk with Political Science and Public Administration majors about working in the real world following graduation on Nov. 17th. Jordan Berry, a political consultant to several well-known office-holders in Texas and owner of Berry Communications, Scott Hutchinson, Chief of Staff to State Senator Charles Perry, Angela Dozier-Borgman an immigration legal assistant with Foster, LLC, and Jennifer Scott, executive assistant to Hays County Commissioner Mark Jones returned to participate in this annual alumni event. The alums spent two and a half hours talking with students about their work, how they got their jobs, and their recommendations about how to maximize chances of landing that starting position using the skills they learned here at Texas State. 

MOAS Group Takes Home Trophies!

The Model Organization of States teams competed in the 18th annual Ambassador Eugene Scassa Model Organization of American States hosted by Baylor University, November 15-16. Texas State was well represented ant took home several awards.

  • Rachel Carrell. Selected as Rapporteur. Secretariat for Administration and Finance.
  • Josh Keesee. Selected as Chair. Secretariat for Administration and Finance.
  • Melissa Aylward. Selected to the Student Advisory Committee.
  • Victoria Kadous, Emily Hinze, Hailee Harris, and Alex Gamez. Co-Best Committee. Secretariat for Political for Political Affairs.
  • Ashton Thomas, Melissa Aylward, and, Luther Nuncio. Co-Best Committee. Executive
  • Secretariat for Integral Development.
  • Marissa Roman. Distinguished Resolution (2nd Place in Committee). General Committee.
  • Melissa Aylward. Distinguished Delegate (2nd Place in Committee). Executive Secretariat for
  • Integral Development.
  • Tara Dees. Distinguished Delegate (2nd Place in Committee). General Committee.
  • Team Venezuela. Distinguished Position Paper (2nd Place Overall). Written by Rachel Carrell and Tara Dees.
  • Dominique Gray-Berroa. Outstanding Ambassador. (1st Place Overall).
  • Domonique Gray-Berroa. Voted as Co-President for the 2015 ESMOAS.
  • ESMOAS has also recently instituted a program to bring back former students to help serve as judges and advisors for the competition. Because we have been so successful in the past, several of our former students have been selected to serve in these roles, including, Rasha Abu-Zeyadeh, Meghan Ferguson, Cheyenne Krause, Megan Parrish, Javier Reyes, and Sama Sayej.

Ashton Thomas - Right  Emily Hinze - Left

Political Science Graduate Students Present Research at Conference

Two graduate students in the Political Science Department presented their research at the Sixth Annual Research Conference for Graduate Students, hosted by the Graduate College on November 5th and 6th. Master of Arts in Political Science student, Karina Lovas presented her paper, “The International Criminal Court and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Examining the International Legal Response Through the Lens of Prosecutor v. Lubanga (2012) and Prosecutor v. Katanga (2014)”. Master of Arts in Legal Studies student, Dan Hodge, presented his paper, “Mobile Apps, Crowdsourcing, and the Blame Game.”  

Professor Mora Awarded Foundations of Excellence Award

Professor Mora and StudentPolitical Science Associate Chair and Senior Lecturer, Sherri Mora was awarded the Foundations of Excellence Award by Student Foundations for making and extraordinary impact on the lives of students and the university community. 

Midterm Election Night 2014

election night photoOn Tuesday November 4th, 2014, the Political Science Department hosted an Election Watch Party at George’s for Texas State students. The event, organized by Dr. Don Inbody assisted by graduate assistant, Justin McNutt, is part of the department’s Discourse in Democracy program. George’s was an ideal location since there are numerous TV’s tuned to different news channels reporting on results throughout the night. The party provided a great chance for students to participate to discuss the election results and its implications for the future with their professors.  Approximately 150 students attended to talk politics and enjoy the pizza and drinks that were provided by the department! This was one of Discourse in Democracy’s biggest events of the semester so far!

Lindsey Bentley, President
Pi Sigma Alpha

Political Science Faculty Author Award Winning Textbook

Congratulations to Professor Sherri Mora, Dr. Will Ruger and Dr. Ed Mihalkanin on receiving the award for First Edition of the Year from McGraw Hill for the textbook, "The State of Texas:  Government, Politics and Policy."

text cover

Internal Departmental Resources