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Union University Department of Political Science
Department of Political Science


The Department seeks to develop leaders who will improve their communities, nations, and the world. Whether you desire to make an impact domestically or globally in government/politics, business, education, the law, or non-profit work, political science at Union University can help you achieve your goals. read more

Upcoming Events

  • Practice LSAT Sep 13, 8:30am: BAC 41
    Dr. Evans will offer a Practice LSAT using a real LSAT under live conditions. This is a great opportunity for students taking the LSAT in October and for those considering law school who want to benchmark their abilities so they know how to improve over their academic career.
  • Constitution Day Discussion: Imperial or Imperiled President? Sep 18, 7:00pm: PAC D-52
    The Department will offer a symposium on the extent of presidential power as President Obama pushes presidential power to its limits by selecting enforcing the Affordable Care Act, immigration laws, and other laws.
  • What You Can Do with a Political Science Degree Sep 24, 1:00pm: PAC D-49
    Ben Burleson of the Vocatio Center will discuss all of the different careers available to political science graduates.
  • Applying to Law School Sep 29, 10:00pm: PAC D-49
    Sue Ann McClellan, Assoc. Dean of Admissions at Humphreys law School (U of Memphis) will speak on applying to law school. This is a great opportunity for seniors applying to law school and for students who are interested in law school and want to know what Law Schools expect.
  • Scholarship Banquet with Gov. Mike Huckabee Oct 7, 7:30pm: Carl Perkins Civic Center
    Union's annual scholarship banquet will feature former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee who is a Fox News television host and potential 2016 presidential candidate.

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Red To Its Roots
Sean Evans, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science

Aug 8, 2014 - While most media coverage of yesterday’s elections is focusing on Lamar Alexander’s Senate seat, the more significant races are whether John Mehr is the new the Madison County Sheriff, Ann Strong is Crockett County Mayor, Kyle Atkins is a Circuit Court Judge, and Tennesseans retained the Supreme Court Justices. These races matter because they will tell us whether Tennessee will become a one party state. ...read more

TN Supreme Court More Liberal Than State
Sean Evans, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science

Jul 28, 2014 - One of the main arguments of those wanting Tennesseans to reject the three Supreme Court Justices up for retention votes is that the Tennessee Supreme Court (TNSC) is too liberal for Tennessee. While the arguments they use in their ads do not support this argument, there is strong evidence that that the TNSC is more liberal than the state as a whole. For those wh...read more

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Department Graduates 7
May 21, 2014 - This past Saturday, the Department of Political Science sent seven graduates off into the world. During their time at Union, they were very active in Student Government, Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL), fraternities and sororities, debate team, and many other campus and community activities. We wish the following God's richest blessings as they begin this new phase in their lives. Seth Brake of Denver, NC starred as the captain of Union's award winning debate team for the past year. He ...read more

Benefield Makes History Winning PSC Bracket Challenge
Apr 8, 2014 - Nice guys don’t finish last, they finish second (unless you adhere to the Ricky Bobby philosophy of “if you’re not first, you’re last.”) Before the bracket challenge started, Colby Benefield, a student in American Government, heard Dr. Evans talking with students about the Departmental Bracket Challenge and asked if he could play. Dr. Evans, being the gentlemen he is, said “sure.” So who wins the Department Bracket Challenge? Colby Benefield. And in the ultimate ir...read more

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