Welcome to the home page of Drake University’s Department of Politics and International Relations. Here you will find information about our program, our faculty and our courses.

Our department’s goal is to provide a learning environment that can produce liberally educated citizens who are fluent in the language of politics and political analysis and thereby have the foundation for both citizenship in a democratic society and successful training in a job, in a graduate school, or in a professional school. Such people will have the capacity to recognize and evaluate assumptions, implications, and causal relationships pertaining to government and politics and, by extension, to other realms of human experience.

At Drake courses are taught by full-time, professionally accomplished faculty members who work closely and carefully with their students. The typical introductory politics course enrolls forty-five students. Upper level classes enroll twenty-five or fewer. Such class sizes ensure that academic work receives the attention it deserves, and our faculty often meet individually with their students to discuss and evaluate their progress.

I hope you will explore our home page, and if you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.  You can click on the email link below.

Debra DeLaet, Chair, Department of Politics and International Relations
210 Meredith Hall
Drake University