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Martin focused on education and health care policy at his most recent job as a Survey Researcher for Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.   Martin’s research and teaching interests include U.S. foreign policy, political campaigns and new media, survey research methods, and American political opinion and behavior. He is currently working on a long-term project with James N. Druckman (Northwestern University) and Michael Parkin (Oberlin College) that examines how congressional candidates campaign on-line. Articles based on this research have appeared in the The American Political Science Review; Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties; Social Science Computer Review; and Political Communication.   Martin teaches American Politics and International Relations as well as seminars addressing social science research methods, political behavior, and U.S. foreign policy. 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He earned his B.A. in Political Science and Spanish Literature at Oregon’s Pacific University, and his Ph.D. in political science is from the University of Texas at Austin. Before completing his doctorate, he worked as a staffer on Capitol Hill, with a law firm in Washington, and as a research analyst for an urban issues political think tank in Austin. Prior to coming to HPU, he was a visiting professor at the University of Portland and Lewis & Clark College.   Professor Setzler’s research focuses primarily on how democracies can be made more responsive to historically marginalized groups. Much of his scholarship explores political behavior in Latin America, especially Brazil, where he has interviewed hundreds of state deputies, city councilors, bureaucrats, and community leaders. He also examines political behavior and public policy in the US, where his work has centered on attitudes, behaviors, and policies that adversely affect immigrants, women, Latinos, and African Americans. His scholarship has been supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Boren Fellows Program. He is the co-author of a study that received the Theodore Lowi Award from the Policy Studies Association and was named article of the year by the Policy Studies Journal. His other published research and scholarship in print includes articles in The Brazilian Political Science Review, PS: Political Science & Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, Politics & Gender, Religion and Politics, International Migration Review, and Politics, Groups, and Identities. He has published multiple studies in The Latin Americanist and now serves as an Associate Editor at this journal.   Outside of the classroom, Professor Setzler enjoys spending time with his family, pleasure reading books in Portuguese that he would never find the time for otherwise, and fly fishing in the Appalachians. 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She previously worked as a full-time intern for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and as a staff member at American University’s Women & Politics Institute.   Her research and teaching interests lie in American government, particularly gender and politics. She has published a number of articles and book chapters in journals such as Politics & Gender; Politics, Groups, and Identities; and Women, Politics and Public Policy. Outside the university, Ali can be found standing on her head, indulging her wanderlust, and spending time with her friends and families—biological, academic, and chosen. Among her other passions are red shoes, palm trees, Phillies baseball, ice cold Coca-Cola, and American industrial history, particularly steel mills and coal mines.   Dr. Yanus offers upper-division seminars on Gender and Politics, American political institutions, and political science research.  She also teaches American Politics and Enduring Issues in Political Thought, an elective for first-year majors. 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Before coming to High Point, he spent an exciting year at the State Department in Washington working on public opinion research.   Much of his dissertation research and subsequent scholarship examines the effects of violent conflict on individual and group behavior using experimental methods. He has conducted field research in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Tajikistan, and is currently engaged in research projects in Syria, Ukraine, and Iraq. His research has been published in several journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, and Journal of Experimental Political Science.   When he is not teaching or working on research, he is usually playing baseball, soccer, and/or basketball with his two sons, Henry and Andrew, who also make periodic campus appearances.   Curriculum Vitae [post_title] => Samuel Whitt [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => samuel-whitt [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-08-20 09:33:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-08-20 13:33:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.highpoint.edu/?p=98172 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => faculty-staff [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 94314 [post_author] => 62 [post_date] => 2021-05-25 12:03:33 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-05-25 16:03:33 [post_content] => Webpage: http://johndgraeber.weebly.com/   Dr. Graeber joined the department in 2016 after completing his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University’s Elliott School. Before beginning his doctoral work, he spent several years in Washington, DC working in a large international law firm and for non-governmental organizations in the fields of international development, democracy promotion, and peacebuilding. He also spent a year completing a Robert Bosch Foundation fellowship in Berlin, Germany, during which time he worked for the German Foreign Ministry and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, a prominent German think tank.   Professor Graeber’s scholarship focuses broadly on the politics of immigration and citizenship in Europe and the relationship between citizenship acquisition and immigrant integration in European societies. In support of this research agenda he has logged countless miles of train travel crisscrossing Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands in order to conduct interviews with politicians, local officials, and immigrants. He also examines questions of American national identity, patriotism/nationalism, and political attitudes toward immigrants. His published and forthcoming scholarship includes articles in the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and the Journal of Contemporary European Studies, among others, as well as a chapter with Routledge’s Foundations in Global Studies book series. 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Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science; Director of the Survey Research Center
Professor of Political Sciences and Director of International Relations Program
Associate Professor of Political Science
Associate Professor of Political Science
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Focused Curriculum

Our engaging and challenging program guides students to develop the necessary tools to make an immediate impact in the professional world. First-year majors begin to develop these skills in the major’s introductory seminars, which emphasize how political scientists think about and propose solutions to important social, economic and political problems. As they advance through the degree, majors choose from an intriguing mix of courses on the American political system, international politics and the research methods that social scientists use to explain and change the world around them. During their final year, all majors complete a capstone experience that involves either a semester-long political internship or substantial research project, which they publicly present at a symposium. Our curriculum provides flexibility for students to complete a second major, foreign study or internship with political campaigns, interest groups or elected officials.

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Course Requirements 2020/2021
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Minor in Political Science
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 36
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 42
Total 128
Minor in Political Science
Minor Requirements Credits
Course Requirements 20
Total 20
Requirements for B.A. in Political Science
Requirements for Minor in Political Science
Requirements for B.A. in Political Science
Course Course Title Credits
PSC 1010, PSC 1011 Contemporary Issues and Politics or Enduring Issues in Political Thought 4
PSC 2310 American Politics 4
PSC 2019 Political Science Research Methods 4
PSC/GBS 2510, PSC/INR 2710 Comparing Foreign Political Systems or International Relations 4
PSC 4099, PSC 4810-4815 Senior Seminar or Student Internship Program* 4
In addition to the requirements listed above, students must complete 16 additional credits of political science courses. General elective coursework may include independent study coursework, special topic classes, and a maximum of four credits in the Student Internship Program if the student is not using internship hours to meet other major requirements.
PSC 2055 Survey Research Center Practicum 1-2
PSC 2056 Introduction to SPSS 1
PSC 2398 Politics and Power Inside D.C. 4
PSC 3009 Political Philosophy 4
PSC 3310 American Political Institutions 4
PSC 3311 Women and Politics 4
PSC 3317 Pop Culture, Media, and Politics 4
PSC 3320 The Constitution, Civil Liberties, and the Courts 4
PSC 3330 Public Opinion 4
PSC 3332 Campaigns and Elections 4
PSC 3510 Latin American Politics 4
PSC 3511 Ethnic Politics 4
PSC 3512 Democracy, Development, and Conflict 4
PSC/INR 3513 European Politics 4
PSC/HST 3701 The United States and the Middle East since 1945 4
PSC 4320 Judicial Politics 4
PSC 4510 Democracy and Authoritarianism 4
PSC 4710 International Conflict and Security 4
PSC 4720 US Foreign Policy 4
Other Requirements:

Majors are required to take at least three courses at the 3000-level or higher.

At least one other class (not counting an internship) must be at the 4000-level.
*The internship must be undertaken in the junior or senior year. Credit is subject to departmental approval.
Requirements for Minor in Political Science
Course Course Title Credits
PSC 2310 American Politics 4
PSC/GBS 2510 Comparing Foreign Political Systems 4
PSC/INR 2710 International Relations 4
Select two courses from the list of courses above.

AND

12 credits of political science courses outside of the classes taken to meet the requirement listed above.
PSC 1010 Contemporary Issues and Politics 4
PSC 1011 Enduring Issues in Political Thought 4
PSC 2019 Political Science Research Methods 4
PSC 2055 Survey Research Center Practicum 1-2
PSC 2056 Introduction to SPSS 1
PSC 2398 Politics and Power Inside DC 4
PSC/PHL 3009 Politcal Philosophy 4
PSC 3310 American Political Institutions 4
PSC/WGS 3311 Women and Politics 4
PSC 3317 Pop Culture, Media, and Politics 4
PSC 3320 The Constitution, Civil Liberties, and the Courts 4
PSC 3330 Public Opinion 4
PSC 3332 Campaigns and Elections 4
PSC 3510 Latin American Politics 4
PSC 3511 Ethnic Politics 4
PSC 3512 Democracy, Development, and Conflict 4
PSC/INR 3513 European Politics 4
PSC/HST 3701 The United States and the Middle East Since 1945 4
PSC 4099 Senior Seminar 4
PSC 4320 Judicial Politics 4
PSC 4510 Democracy and Authoritarianism 4
PSC 4710 International Conflict and Security 4
PSC 4720 US Foreign Policy 4
PSC 2881, 3881, 4881 Special Topics Variable credit. May be repeated.
PSC 4444 Independent Study 1-4
PSC 4810-4815 Student Internship 3-12
Course Descriptions
Career Opportunities
Our alumni have gone on to distinguish themselves in numerous other fields by becoming urban planners, communications directors, military officers, intelligence professionals, professors and leaders in many other fields. In most years, around half of our department’s graduates have chosen to continue their professional training in either law school or masters and doctoral programs that specialize in campaign management, law, economics, foreign affairs, public policy, international business, history or political science. Our curriculum prepares graduates to flourish in even the most demanding of graduate programs by helping them to build first-rate writing, research and analytical skills.

Our alumni go on to highly competitive graduate and law schools. They build successful careers in a wide range of areas including, electoral and advocacy campaigns, government service, legal affairs, policy analysis and other fields that require well-honed leadership, critical thinking and communication skills. Students with degrees in political science can enter careers such as:

Campaign Worker
City Manager
Diplomat
Political Correspondent
Public Opinion Analyst
Educator
Journalist
Urban Policy Planner
Politician
Social Worker

Recent graduates have:
Student Outcomes
Joseph Maronski
ABC News

Name: Joseph Maronski Hometown: Miller Place, New York Year: Class of 2023 Major: Double majoring in Journalism and political science with a concentration in broadcasting and a minor in Italian studies Internship: Maronski joins ABC News as a Nightline intern. As a Nightline intern, he will be exposed to the inner-workings of a network broadcast…

Grace George

With another Commencement quickly approaching, High Point University graduates will be commencing prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the…

Johanna Moore

With another successful Commencement behind us, future High Point University graduates are commencing prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the…

Tucker Wilson

With another successful Commencement behind us, future High Point University graduates are commencing prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the…

Zach Quimby
Alan Swain for Congress

With Commencement just around the corner, future High Point University graduates are already preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one…

Jessica Vedrani
Climate Action Campaign

Name: Jessica Vedrani Hometown: Salisbury, Massachusetts Year: Class of 2021 Major: Double major in criminal justice and political science Internship: Vedrani interned with the Climate Action Campaign as the data and operations fellow in Washington, D.C. She was in charge of analyzing senator voting records, speeches, statements and social media posts surrounding the topic of…

Catherine Ford
United States Trade Representative

Name: Catherine Ford Hometown: Delray Beach, Florida Year: Class of 2020 Major: Political science with a minor in communication Internship: Ford is working for the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington, D.C., as a public and media affairs intern. USTR, part of The Executive Office of the President, is responsible for coordinating…

  READ MORE INTERNSHIP PROFILES Name: Corinne King Hometown: Farmington, Connecticut Year: Class of 2020 Major: Political science and business administration Internship: King is spending the summer in Washington D.C., in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Committee of House Administration intern. Her tasks include both administrative and legislative duties, from organizing data, preparing…

With commencement just around the corner, recent High Point University graduates are already preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from…

READ MORE INTERNSHIP PROFILES Name: Casey Koslosky Hometown: San Anselmo, California Year: Class of 2019 Major: Political Science Internship: Koslosky helps to track and summarize legislation for the policy team, as well as attend congressional hearings and meetings with external partners. Every day is unique, some days she lobbies on Capitol Hill all day and…

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At High Point University, our emphasis on global perspectives is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their international awareness and to develop their cross-cultural communication skills. Study abroad is strongly encouraged as a part of this emphasis on global studies. With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year. Employers are looking for more than just a degree; they want well-rounded individuals who have familiarity with diverse cultures, special skills, and knowledge of the world around them.
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