The Department of Political Science at the University of Alabama seeks to meet the highest standards of research, teaching, and service. In research, it examines important questions of political institutions, behavior, and thought. It strives for publication in outlets of the highest quality and visibility to achieve maximum exposure for its ideas and to have the greatest impact on peers in the academy and on policy makers.
In teaching, the Department provides undergraduate students with timely information about the political world and instruction that enhances their skills as citizens and future leaders. At the graduate level, the Department is the only full-service program in political science in the state of Alabama, preparing students for successful careers in teaching, research, and government service. At all levels, the Department strives to enhance appreciation for the science of politics and to inspire the quest for truth and excellence in the study and practice of politics.
The Department commits itself to serve the profession by contributing to its growth and improvement; to serve the institution through participation in its governing structures; and to serve the community by sharing ideas and helping to provide perspective on political issues for decision makers and citizens.