The Political Science Department at Howard University blends
the highest goals of nationally and internationally recognized
scholarship in political science with the special mission of its
founding faculty. From the beginning the faculty and students shared
a commitment to educate and reform education in the discipline
in order to deepen national understanding of political and social
institutions and to restructure scholarly perspective on equity,
justice and other social values that inspired higher education
initiatives among African Americans. Founded in 1928 the Department
was uniquely inspired by the distinguished scholar and Nobel laureate,
Ralph Bunche, the first African American to earn a doctorate in
Political Science. It has benefited from the foundation provided
by other influential faculty leaders including Emmett Dorsey, Vincent
Brown and Bernard Fall.
The Political Science Department serves in the College of Arts
and Sciences to fulfill the goals of liberally educating students
to understand and analyze politics and to function in political
life. It seeks to promote scholarship and research across a broad
range of topics and concerns that affect politics and society.
The essential mission of the Department's undergraduate program
is to provide students a comprehensive education through an interactive
program of instruction that includes formal courses and seminars,
research opportunities, academic and career counseling, internships,
on-line instructional support and community service.
The undergraduate program is highlighted by various course combinations
or concentrations through which the students may move freely.
These informal concentrations include American Government, Black
Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Public
Policy and Theory as well as the Honors sequence. The Pre-Law
Program offers a more formally organized concentration that fully
prepares students for law school. Whatever the post graduation
orientation of students, Political Science at Howard can promote
a refined and extended awareness of the political world that
prepares the student for leadership and the analysis of leadership
nationally and internationally.