Political Science, like many other liberal arts programs, prepares students to:

  • think critically and analytically
  • express themselves well in writing and orally
  • solve problems
  • understand and participate in their communities
  • learn on the job and throughout life.

A degree in Political Science also opens doors in government employment, law and advocacy, business and banking, political campains and office holding, journalism and media, and international opportunities.

For more information, please see an economics faculty member, and take a look at the alumni stories below.


makenzie shroeder, political science & communication, 2020

As a Political Science student at UM-Flint, I really valued all of my professors and the hands-on approach they took to learning. They were engagin and willing to help outside of the classroom; they offered a wonderful support system to any and all students. I have more than one mentor in the Political Science Department, and I couldn't have gotten as far as I have without their help and encouragement. For example, Kim Saks-McManaway, PhD, and Kevin Lorentz, PhD, encouraged me to join one of their research projects; I was able to present the research findings at a conference in October of 2019, which was a really unforgettable experience. 

Makenzie plans to attend the University of Missouri in Fall 2020, where she will be working to earn her Master's degree in Communication. She will also be serving in a GTA role. She plans on using her background in Political Science in her desired area of focus; research to help understand underserved groups in society and how they interact with media and media interacts with them.

Tyrice Denson, Political Science, 2019

I have always been interested in going into politics or being an attorney and Political Science is a common pathway for both. Studying Political Science allowed me to gain knowledge in subjects like history, law, and policy making. My classes were small enough that there was always room for ample discussion, which empowered me to learn new things, connect them with my values and beliefs, and then form opinions that I could develop meaningful arguments for. My coursework prepared me for the complex world we live in; the one without perfect solutions, that requires me to work through it and determine the best possible strategy. 

Tyrice is currently an organizer for the Lecturers' Employee Organization. We represent the non-tenure track faculty here at UM. Tyrice eventually plans to become an attorney. 


You can contribute directly to the success of students studying Political Science at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Flint Political Science Department Gifts 

This fund enables the Political Science Department to direct resources where they are most immediately needed. Funding is used to support students and faculty, research projects, new and current programs, and priority initiatives.

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David R. Keller Memorial Book Fund Endowment 

Established by the family of David R. Keller, this scholarship assists students in purchasing textbooks. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students majoring in political science, and awards will be based on financial need.

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Gilbert Rubenstein Attorney at Law Scholarship 

Established by the Rachor Family Foundation, Ltd., in honor of Gilbert Y. Rubenstein, this scholarship supports UM-Flint students who graduated from a Genesee, Shiawassee, or Lapeer County high school and aspire to become a practicing attorney.

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Lillian B. Wright Memorial Scholarship 

Your gift to this scholarship helps provide tuition and book assistance to returning students studying Political Science, Public Administration or Engineering.

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Richard S. Harris Scholarship Fund 

Established by the Rachor Family Foundation, Ltd., in honor of Flint attorney Richard S. Harris, this expendable scholarship supports UM-Flint students with declared majors in political science or English who intend to enter the legal profession.

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Margaret Anne Burd-UAW Memorial Scholarship

Established in honor of Margaret Anne Burd, this endowed scholarship fund provides tuition support to UM-Flint students whose parents or grandparents are current or retired union members of United Auto Workers Local 599 Amalgamated.

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