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Political Science

Fall Semester 2020

July 30, 2020

  • The reflecting pool and Manor House on a sunny fall day. 

POLS Students,

We are excited to welcome you back to what will no doubt be a very memorable Fall semester. The deluge of global, national, and now local political events in the last several months has given us plenty of classroom material, and we have a Presidential election coming up to boot. We are all working very hard to alter our courses so that we will be able to offer you safe, but still engaging and rigorous, learning experiences. We can’t wait.

We are very lucky that all five faculty members are offering classes this fall and we are able to offer a large number of courses in an array of formats. Some courses will be taught entirely online, some in hybrid format with students participating in-person and over Zoom simultaneously, and others almost entirely in-person. Following campus policy, all students will be able to participate in our courses remotely if they so choose. We are open to your questions or feedback and have compiled a document overviewing how we expect each course in our department to be taught. You may access it here:

We are also planning to increase the number of co-curricular department events this year, including virtual debate watches and election-night programming. We are hoping to really activate our chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (the national Political Science Honor Society). If you are interested in being a part of this organization and helping plan our virtual events, please let me know!

If you have any questions about the upcoming semester, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Ellen Seljan
POLS Department Chair

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