Welcome to our website. As you explore, you'll find that exciting things are happening at the University of Delaware's Department of Political Science and International Relations (POSCIR)! I know that's what attracted me to joining UD in 2016.
We are hiring new faculty, building on existing strengths in International Relations and Comparative Politics, and increasing the quantitative political behavior/psychology offerings. We expect this to be just the beginning of an ongoing initiative to enhance our scholarly community.
The POSCIR graduate program is undergoing significant revision. For many years the primary focus has been on Global Governance as its umbrella. We will continue to offer this unique perspective, while adding additional training in the range of methods and substantive fields expected of 21st century scholars. Our highly diverse graduate student community adds particular vibrancy to the department, and we remain committed to recruiting the best US and internationally-based graduate students.
Our undergraduate program is one of the largest at Delaware, and our students routinely win accolades for their work within and outside of the university. While offering two specific majors, Political Science and International Relations, we are building on these strengths with new course offerings to include a concentration in Politics, Groups, and Identities. We house the Legal Studies minor and provide leadership to the European Studies program. We are also partners in the UD Center for Political Communication and offer a Political Communication minor, giving students even more ways to connect across fields.
POSCIR faculty are nationally and internationally known scholars and teachers who publish with top book presses and journals, and who regularly win awards for their research. We focus on four key fields in the discipline in our research, and in our graduate and undergraduate programs: International Relations, Comparative Politics, American Politics and Behavior, and Political Theory. At the same time, much of our work is interdisciplinary, speaking to fields as diverse as area studies, women and gender studies, political communication, political psychology, and public policy, to name just a few.
Our faculty are committed teachers and mentors as well. Undergraduate majors in the department are much more likely, than College and University averages, to graduate in four years. We also show significantly lower disparities in graduation rates across different groups of students. The commitment to students is at the core of what we do as faculty, and is especially reflected in our very hands-on approach to advising.
Faculty here work closely with graduate students. POSCIR graduate students regularly present their work at regional and national conferences, and they have opportunities to teach their own courses. After finishing their degrees, most of our doctoral students go on to faculty positions at universities in the US and around the world, while some work at research institutions or government agencies.
We appreciate your interest in our department and the University of Delaware. We hope you will visit us in person, as well as through our website. Located in Newark, Delaware, UD is centrally positioned between Philadelphia and Baltimore, Washington, DC and New York City. Our beautiful campus beckons. Please stop by and see us in 347 Smith Hall, or explore our website to learn more about all that we have to offer. I think you'll agree that UD POSCIR is on the move, and you'll want to be part of these exciting times!