Department of Political Science

Political Science

A Message of Support from the Chair of Political Science, Dr. Max Hilaire

Dear Students,


I hope everyone is doing well and practicing safe distancing. These are extraordinary times but we will overcome it.

I know there is great anxiety about the coronavirus and the impact it is having on your daily lives. However, I want to assure you that the department and its faculty is doing everything to accommodate your needs and to make sure you are receiving the quality of instructions you need to get you through the semester successfully. We are very concerned about your studies and want to let you know that we are there to assist you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or the faculty if you need our support.

This is a difficult moment but it is also a teaching moment for all of us. I urge you to make the best of your time in self isolation. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of using that time to READ, READ, and READ, and to catch up on your studies. Do not be complacent and do not procrastinate. Yes, we are working remotely but our academic expectations remain the same.

This is a global health pandemic but it is also a political crisis. If you are studying International Relations, this is a good time to think about the theories of IR you have been studying and to ask yourself whether there is a need for new paradigms to comprehend such global problematiques like health, climate change, poverty, food insecurity, non-international armed conflicts and global inequities. If you are studying American Government, this is a moment to think of the quality of American leadership. A crisis is a test of leadership, and currently we don't see leadership at the top.

As Political Scientists, we must be critical in evaluating the performance of our leaders and make accurate assessments based on facts. I urge you to use this time wisely and when this crisis is all over, you will be a better student and a better human being. If there is one thing we can learn from this pandemic, is that global problems know no walls or borders. It also tells us that no sovereign state can solve the coronavirus pandemic alone; it requires a global solution.

This is an important time for medical professionals but it is also a great time for Political Scientists. Because without political leadership, there can be no solution.

Thank you for selecting Political Science as your major. I truly believe we have one of the best departments in the nation and some of the best and brightest minds in the United States. Step up to the occasion and use the knowledge you have acquired in your classes to help improve the human condition.

My sincere thanks to you and our faculty. Have a productive semester.

Many Thanks,


Dr Max Hilaire, Chair


As we face the future, it is safe to say that the challenges are far-reaching and unprecedented in scope, importance and diversity. At a time when the world is experiencing great challenges to improving international cooperation in managing global problems, the study of political science has become ever more important in helping people understand the intricate nature of these problems and how they affect us. As the world becomes more interdependent, the demand for political scientists will become even greater than in previous years.