Political Science

Department of Political Science

clark Welcome to the Department of Political Science at Amherst College.

The department offices are located in Clark House, room 103 on the corner of Seelye Street and Rt. 9 (College Drive), across from Valentine Hall.

We invite you to browse through our course listings, find out about the professors, see what's new, or even find work and internship opportunities during the school year or summer. If you are interested in becoming a Political Science major, or are one already, please visit the Major, Honors and Thesis pages. Our events and lectures are open to public.

Our curriculum is specifically designed to achieve several goals:

  1. Students should acquire a broad background in the study of politics through the study of four subfields: Institutions and Law; Society and Culture; International and World Politics; Political Theory.
  2. Students should develop an in-depth understanding of a political theme of their own choosing through the identification of a “core concentration” within the major consisting of four courses.
  3. Students should cultivate their writing and research skills through an advanced research seminar and a thesis (for those who choose to write one).
  4. Students should become informed and reflective citizens as well as being knowledgeable about the historical forces and global dynamics that influence the shape and content of political life.

Feel free to contact a professor directly if you have any questions about a course they teach. Please direct all other inquiries to the Political Science Academic Department Coordinator, Theresa Laizer.

Inquiries and Contact Information

Please feel free to contact our staff if you have questions about the Political Science program. Contact information for our faculty can be found under the faculty office hours section.

Academic Department Coordinator

Theresa Laizer
103 Clark House
AC# 2259, Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Telephone: (413) 542-2208

Department Chair, 2015-2016

Professor Amrita Basu
301 Cooper House
AC# 2259, Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Telephone: (413) 542-2942

Facsimile: (413) 542-2264
Email: polisci@amherst.edu


Clark House