Political Science


Robin L. Turner, PhD, associate professor of political science, Department Chair


  • Terri R. Jett, PhD
  • Siobhan McEvoy-Levy, PhD

Associate Professors

  • Su-Mei Ooi, PhD
  • Robin L. Turner, PhD

Assistant Professor

  • Jishnu Guha-Majumdar, PhD


  • William A. Blomquist, PhD
  • Ryan Daugherty, PhD

Professors Emeriti

  • Craig Auchter, PhD
  • Margaret A. Brabant, PhD
  • Dave Mason, PhD

Department Website


Political Science Requirements

Why Study Political Science?

The faculty members of the Political Science Department at Butler University see our discipline as connected to the liberal arts, which are about studying and understanding ourselves, other peoples, and different ways of being and knowing, as well as about developing tolerance and empathy, and learning to use evidence and think critically. As political scientists, we seek to understand the causes of wars, social injustices, economic disparities, and uneven technological growth, for the purpose of alleviating suffering.

Because a liberal arts education encourages an activist disposition, we look for ways to address problems such as world poverty, inadequate healthcare, educational disparities between neighboring communities, and environmental degradation, and seek nonviolent solutions to human rights violations worldwide. The department deliberately challenges systems, institutions, and leaders that dehumanize, marginalize, and oppress any persons and other living beings. We seek to engage in intellectual practices that provide sustainable solutions for the betterment of all.

Why Study Political Science at Butler?

The Butler Political Science Program, distinctively grounded in a firm commitment to social justice, democracy, and human rights, engages students in the study and practice of politics to promote the collective good at the local, national, and global level. The program defines politics broadly as the formal and informal ways societies govern themselves. The program offers an innovative curriculum that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue positive social change. Political science alumni have pursued careers in electoral politics, teaching, law, government, journalism, business, and non-profit organizations, and have earned graduate and professional degrees in several fields.

Political Science Student Learning Outcomes

  • To recognize their role as responsible and effective members of communities to promote positive social change
  • To develop knowledge of political theories, identities, behavior, movements, structures, and institutions in local, national, and global settings
  • To develop skills, such as critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and written and oral communication, necessary to engage effectively in the study and practice of politics in order to become fully realized thinkers, professionals, and community members
  • To develop the ability to make connections between theory and practice, between global and local events, and across academic disciplines

Degree Programs

  • Major in Political Science (BA)
  • Minor in Political Science