Why Study with Us

Politics and government are all around us. Whether you’re looking to make your way in the world or to change it, whether you plan to enter public service or the private sector, understanding public affairs and government will help you succeed.

Our students learn how governments in the U.S. and abroad operate and interact. They study how individuals and groups shape the political world and how they are shaped by it. And they do all this under the guidance of professors who know them as individuals and care about their success.

Reaching us During COVID Restrictions 
It is very important for us to stay in touch with each other, but for everyone's safety, in-person meetings should be reserved for the most urgent circumstances. Most meetings should occur remotely, and in-person meetings should be outdoors or in large indoor spaces whenever possible. To reach the department secretary, Doreen Mendelssohn, please call 734.487.3113 or email [email protected]. To reach the department head, Dr. Barbara Patrick, please email [email protected]. You can find contact information for instructors on our Faculty and Contact pages.