The political science major at Rollins prepares you for a lifetime of responsible leadership, giving you the tools to lead powerful change in our backyard and around the world.

In small, discussion-based classes, you’ll learn about how the world really works from expert faculty who make your development their No. 1 priority. Along the way, you’ll gain in-demand problem-solving skills—from data analysis and critical thinking to deliberate decision-making and persuasive oral and written communication—and then put your newfound knowledge to work through study-abroad experiences, immersive internships, and collaborative research projects.

Whether you pursue a career in politics and government or business and law, you’ll be uniquely prepared to create lasting positive change.

Why Study Political Science at Rollins

  1. Emphasis on Communication

    Our focus on persuasive writing, critical analysis, and dynamic public speaking prepares you for a high-impact career and helps you stand out in today’s ever-evolving economy.

  2. Collaborative Research

    Every student has the opportunity to conduct professional research alongside faculty as an undergrad. Recent projects have examined demographic change, minority voting rights, and the effect of electoral laws on voter behavior.

  3. Field Studies

    From Cuba and Ecuador to Tanzania and Thailand, our faculty-led field studies let you engage today’s most pressing issues—democracy and economic development, human rights and ecotourism—all around the globe.

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David Bagby ’06

“The political science department at Rollins prepared me not just for graduate school and my career, but also for life as an engaged citizen. I apply the lessons I learned in the classroom daily in Washington, D.C., and am forever grateful for the education I received as a student in the department.”

David Bagby ’06

Legislative Director, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, Vice Chair of the DNC

Rollins Political Science Careers

Rollins political science grads are making tomorrow happen everywhere from Capitol Hill to the courts.

  • Libby Schaaf

    Libby Schaaf ’87

    Mayor of Oakland, California

  • Steve Leopoldo

    Steve Leopoldo ’04

    Senior Client Insights Analyst, Edward Jones

  • Dan Sallick

    Dan Sallick ’91

    Partner and Founder, Subject Matter

  • Ted Scott

    Ted Scott ’12’13MBA

    Chief of Staff and Corporate Development Manager, Sonobi

  • Gillian Smith

    Gillian Smith ’95

    Vice President of Marketing, NextNav

  • Jason Emilios Dimitris

    Jason Emilios Dimitris ’92

    Judge, Miami-Dade Circuit Court

Real World Experience

Hone the knowledge and skills you’re developing in the classroom through internships and community engagement projects at local, national, and international organizations.

  • United States Congress
  • Project Vote Smart
  • American University
  • Friends of the Environment
  • Dominican Republic
Professor and students in a class discussion at a Rollins outdoor classroom

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A Day in the Life of a Rollins Political Science Major

“The political science major provided me with both a theoretical and practical understanding of politics, with a focus on real-world applications. I gained valuable academic knowledge as well as knowledge of the world beyond the classroom.”

Huda Awan ’18

JD Candidate, Stetson University College of Law

Beyond the Classroom

The Democracy Project Pull up a chair and discuss hot topics with The Democracy Project, a nonpartisan initiative that empowers you with the knowledge and know-how to engage in our democratic processes.

Ideas in Action Help identify and implement solutions to local problems through The Hive, a regular forum run by IDEAS For Us, a nonprofit founded by Rollins grad Clayton Louis Ferrara ’09.

Refugee in Residence At the only college in Florida providing on-campus housing to refugees, you can volunteer, mentor, or study alongside a family in need—experiencing transformational learning in the process.

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Tars Compete at Florida Model U.N. Conference

The Rollins Model U.N. team walked away with two team awards and an individual honor as they prepare for their next competition in November.

Bobby Sena, Alexis Matton, Angelina Khourisader, Justin Karlins

November 08, 2022

Tars on the Hill

In anticipation of the recent midterm elections, we caught up with three Tars whose opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill allowed them to make real change in the heart of democracy.

Jay Yellen, Carol Frost, and Joan Davison

July 12, 2022

Lasting Legacies

A trio of retiring professors in political science, mathematics, and English have provided a combined 73 years of service to Rollins.

Expert Faculty

Rollins political science professors boast extensive on-the-ground experience across the globe, including several Fulbright awards. They frequently collaborate with students in the classroom, in the community, and around the world, reflecting a commitment to developing the next generation of leaders.

Department of Political Science

Cornell Hall for the Social Sciences
1000 Holt Ave. – 2762
Winter Park, FL 32789

Telephone: 407.646.2158

Fax: 407.646.2363

Visit the Department of Political Science Website

Contact Political Science Professors

  • Dexter Boniface

    Dexter Boniface, PhD

    Professor of Political Science

    Research interests: Inter-American relations, Brazilian politics, and democracy promotion efforts in Latin America

  • Dan Chong

    Dan Chong, PhD

    Associate Professor of Political Science; Director, Social Innovation Major

    Research interests: International human rights, global poverty, and peace and conflict resolution

  • Don Davison

    Don Davison, PhD

    Professor of Political Science

    Research interests: The effects of race and religion on political behavior and reactions by majority populations to minority voting rights

  • Joan Davison

    Joan Davison, PhD

    Professor Emeritus of Political Science

    Research interests: Ethno-religious identity and politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Mike Gunter

    Mike Gunter, PhD

    Professor of Political Science

    Research interests: Global environmental affairs, politics of climate change, and sustainable development

  • Julia Maskivker

    Julia Maskivker, PhD

    Associate Professor of Political Science

    Research interests: Contemporary theories of justice, global ethics, and social and economic citizenship

  • Pavielle Haines

    Pavielle Haines, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    Research interests: American identity politics, political psychology, political behavior, and public opinion