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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

  • 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.
  • For the Sake of Life Forum Oct 14, 7:00pm: G. M. Savage Memorial Chapel
    The College Republicans of Union and Freed Hardeman are jointly sponsoring a forum on Amendment #1 which would allow the state of Tennessee regulate abortions (the TN Supreme Court has said that TN cannot regular abortions in any manner). Speakers include Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Dr. Steve Hammond, and Yes on 1 spokesperson Jennifer Hicks.
  • Townhall on Amendment 2 Oct 23, 7:00pm: Carl Grant Events Center
    The Department of Political Science and the Madison County Bar Association will co-host a Townhall of Amendment 2. This November, Tennesseans will vote on Amendment 2 to change the way that we select appellate judges. Under the proposed constitutional amendment, the governor will appoint judges with the advise and consent of the Tennessee General Assembly. Speaking in favor of this amendment is local attorney Steve Maroney and speaking against is John Avery Emison, the state coordinator of "No on Amendment 2." There will be a time for questions after their talks.
  • Advizapalooza Nov 3, 5:00pm: Jones Suite
    The Department will provide pizza and advise students preparing their schedule for the Spring semester.
  • Election Analysis Nov 6, 7:00pm: PAC D-52
    Department faculty will discuss the meaning of Tuesday's elections and what they mean for politics in the next two years.

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Mayoral Race Looks Interesting
Sean Evans, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science

Sep 12, 2014 - It is a rare event when a popular incumbent faces a difficult reelection race. However State Senator Lowe Finney’s recent announcement that he will challenge Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist is one such race. At the outset, Mayor Gist has several built-in advantages. First, G...read more

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

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Constitution Day Discussion Focuses on Imperial Presidency
Sep 19, 2014 - Last night, the Department of Political Science led a discussion of "The Imperial Presidency: Unilateral Presidential Action and Constiutional Limits" for one of Union's larger Constitution Day events. With President Obama's unilateral actions stopping deportation of certain illegal immigrants, making recess appointments when the Senate was in pro forma session, bombing Libya without Congressional authorization, waiving compliance with No Child Left Behind (NCLB), changing dates for implementation of health care reform and ot...read more

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

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