Political Science Department

Chance Kennicutt, CHIP Program

Window to the World: After an Array of Experiences, Boren Scholar Headed to Latvia

Chance Kennicutt came to Nebraska Wesleyan intending to major in business. He thought law school might be in his future but wasn’t certain. But a class taught in an Old Main classroom became his window to the world. 

He vividly recalls his first semester when he was enrolled in Kelly Bauer’s comparative politics class.  

Toree Hempstead, Fulbright Scholar

Fulbright Scholarship to Send Political Science, Modern Language Major to Spain

It all started with a class: Cultures of Spain.

“Understanding Spain’s political history and cultural dynamics really helped me understand how colonial Spain has shaped Latin America,” said NWU senior Toree Hempstead.

Felicia Phares, JET Scholar

Three NWU Students Accepted into JET Program

Three Nebraska Wesleyan University students will spend the next year in Japan. 

Revolution 1968: Class Examines Turbulence of Past and Present

The year 1968 was one of turbulence, protests, and revolutions. 

Fifty years later, Assistant Professor of Political Science Kelly Clancy asked, “how can events of that year help us understand the turbulence experienced today?” The issue became Clancy’s topic for her fall Archway Seminar for first-year students. 

NWU alumnus Trang Ho Morton ('06) and her husband, Matthew Morton, will present this year's Curtis Lecture, "Changing the Narrative on Adolescents: U.S. and International Perspectives." Trang is a planning specialist at the Fund to End Violence Against Ch

Curtis Lecture on Public Leadership to Address Changing the Narrative on Adolescents

A Nebraska Wesleyan University alumnus and Rhodes Scholar is returning to her alma mater. Trang Ho Morton, a planning specialist at the Fund to End Violence Against Children, will be joined by her husband, Matthew Morton, research fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, to present this year’s Curtis Lecture on Public Leadership.

Student's Experience at World Religions Conference Leads to Valuable Classroom Lessons

Nebraska Wesleyan University junior Sarah Hunter grew up devoted in her faith. She was actively involved in an Omaha church were her uncle pastored.

“Growing up, I interacted with like-minded individuals sharing common beliefs,” the political science major recalled.

Chance Kennicutt, a junior from Sutherland, Neb., is NWU's 44th Gilman Scholarship winner. He will spend the 2017-2018 academic year in Poland.

Gilman Scholarship Sends Political Science Major to Poland

Chance Kennicutt came to Nebraska Wesleyan to study business.

But a political science class piqued a new interest and led to thoughts about potential careers in national security.

Now Kennicutt, a junior from Sutherland, Neb., is headed to Poland for the 2017-2018 academic year where he will attend the University of Wroclaw and study the country’s political shifts.

Professors Kelly Clancy (left) and John Spilker (right) and student Flor de Maria Garcia-Garza (not pictured) were honors with this year's Advocate For Diversity Award.

Professors, Student Recognized for Diversity Advocacy

Two Nebraska Wesleyan professors and a student have been honored with the university’s Advocate for Diversity Award.

Senior political science majors Evan Mathers and Ryan Klute received a Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant to travel to Scotland to study the impact of 16-year-old voters on elections.

Students Travel to Scotland to Study World's Youngest Voters

Voting is an enormous responsibility at the age of 18. Imagine being granted the right at 16.

In 2015, Scotland lowered its voting age to 16-years-old — the youngest voters across the globe.

“Sixteen and 17-year-olds are not too far from our age,” said Nebraska Wesleyan University senior political science major Evan Mathers.

Senior Kaycee Greenfield and sophomore Jared McGinn were selected as Nebraska's delegates to College Debate 2016 where they had the opportunity to develop questions for the presidential debates.

NWU Students Help Produce Presidential Debate Questions

Two Nebraska Wesleyan University students will be watching the presidential debates ever so closely.

Not only because they feel college students should be civically engaged, but the questions asked of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will likely have some familiarity.