We Talk Politics Here Like Nowhere Else
With courses covering the fields of American, comparative, and international politics as well as public policy and political philosophy, Political Science attracts students who major in the field, but also many who study it as a minor or as a field of emphasis within another major. Others take elective courses in political science because they’re interested in the topics and ideas discussed. While our program is growing in popularity, its small size – about 40 majors taught by three energetic faculty members supplemented by visiting and adjunct professors – makes for a close-knit group of students. We also provide excellent opportunities to study in related fields like philosophy, history, criminal justice, and sociology, and we share department status with a lively program in economics.
Students have access to a variety of internships and political activity at the local, state, and national levels, with opportunities in Keene and the surrounding county, at the state capitol, and in Washington DC for experiences in government and nonprofits. Notably, our location in Keene provides proximity to high-level political activity and work. New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary combined with Keene State’s variety of meeting rooms and auditorium space makes the college a regular stop for candidates and office holders. During recent elections, rallies and events for Barack and Michelle Obama, John McCain, John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, Dennis Kucinich, and others were held at Keene State and in the city of Keene. Student volunteers and interns for these campaigns and political parties make up an essential part of the staffing that make these events happen.
Finally, our culture of opportunity and political exposure makes Keene a unique place for those interested in political science. People here, students and others, discuss politics like nowhere else – due, perhaps, to New Hampshire’s primary and swing-state status. Classes in politics generate energetic and curious discussion at Keene State, making Keene and Keene State a great place to live, talk, and study politics.