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Department ofPolitical Science

Political Science

Janet Napolitano '79, Inaugural Speaker of the Eric Hanson Alumni Speaker Series 

For the launch of the Eric Hanson Alumni Speaker Series, the Political Science Department welcomed alumna Janet Napolitano to campus to share her vast experience with our majors. She has served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, Attorney General of Arizona, Governor of Arizona, the United States Secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama, and as President of the University of California. Ms. Napolitano discussed many things during her visit including her time at Santa Clara University, challenges confronting higher education, and the political culture today. She shared how her time at Santa Clara University has helped her get to the place she is today, and how she continues to implement Jesuit values in everything that she does. Read more 


The Political Science Department blends traditional academic coursework with experiential learning opportunities like public and private sector internships, study abroad, and a Washington Semester Program where SCU students combine classroom learning with work at places like the Justice Department, international NGOs, the White House, and elsewhere.
Hackworth Group
Political science majors selected as 2018-2019 Hackworth Fellows

Each year, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics selects eight to nine seniors for the Hackworth Fellowship Program. The goal of the program is to have fellows promote ethical reflection and reflective ethical action among their undergraduate peers.

Athena Nguyen '18 to teach English in Vietnam through Fulbright Fellowship

Athena is planning to leverage her multicultural identity and passion for social justice to enable and impact her students, colleagues, and cohort fellows.

Marisa Rudolph ’18 to conduct research in Ghana through Fulbright Fellowship

Marisa will be conducting research in Ghana on how private agricultural extension fosters the public good, especially for women.

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      2018 Panetta Insitute Congressional Intern: Duncan McDonell '20

      Duncan McDonell represented Santa Clara University as one of 25 fellows selected for the Panetta Institute's 2018 Congressional Internship Program. He worked in the House of Representatives for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who serves the 13th District of California.

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      Students in Action

      In late spring, students from Santa Clara University traveled to Burlingame, CA, to take part in the Model United Nations of the Far West Conference.

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      Huda Navaid '19

      Junior political science major named a finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship

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      Stopping Gang Violence in Capetown

      Last summer, Jack Herstam worked as a Jean Donovan Fellow in Capetown, South Africa. Jack spent six weeks interning for The Message Trust, an organization that works with at-risk youth.


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      On the Road to a Career in Public Policy

      Annie McDonald graduated from Santa Clara University in March 2016 with a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in English. She is now working in the district office of Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA 15th district) as a Constituent Services Representative. 

    Study in the Nation's Capital:

    Learn more about the Washington Semester at American University (AU) program! 

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    Address: Political Science Department
                   Santa Clara University
                   500 El Camino Real
                   Santa Clara, CA 95053-0335

    Campus Location: Vari Hall, Room 230

    Phone: 408-554-4508


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