• <a href="/live/image/gid/80/width/650/86527_Political_Science_main_image_2.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image86527"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/80/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86527_Political_Science_main_image_2.rev.1607735197.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/80/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86527_Political_Science_main_image_2.rev.1607735197.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/80/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86527_Political_Science_main_image_2.rev.1607735197.jpg" alt="Political Science students meeting with professor Ben Gaskins. " width="720" height="690" data-max-w="1104" data-max-h="1058" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Political Science students meeting with professor Ben Gaskins. </div>

Political science at Lewis & Clark College is small department with significant student-faculty interaction. Unlike other colleges, international affairs is a separate department at LC, allowing our political science department to specialize in the study of American politics, comparative politics, public law, and political theory. We believe in a skills-based approach to education, and our goal is to use foundational and contemporary political theories to hone your skills in analytical thinking, quantitative assessment, writing, and speaking. We pride ourselves on being a rigorous but supporting environment in which you can investigate questions such as: How do democracies become authoritarian regimes? How does religiosity mediate political belief? Is there a constitutional right to privacy? What are the moral responsibilities of citizens in a democracy? How can we best understand and construct public policy?


  • Will Toppin BA ’23
    Political Science | Conifer, Colorado
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  • One of my favorite classes has been American Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties. It made me reexamine my thoughts on law and society, and the discussions challenged us to see existing prejudices and biases.

    Alex Scioscia BA ’21
    Political science and German (double) | Alexandria, Virginia
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  • L&C is true about what it is and upholds the values it espouses.

    Zafar Ali BA ’20
    Political Science, Economics | Tribal Areas, Pakistan
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