Rethinking the Undergraduate Political Science Major: An Introduction to the Symposium

Rethinking the Undergraduate Political Science Major: An Introduction to the Symposium

By John Ishiyama, University of North Texas, Marijke Breuning, University of North Texas, Cameron G. Thies, Arizona State University, Renée Van Vechten, University of the Redlands, California and Sherri L. Wallace, University of Louisville

As social unrest and a global pandemic continue to wreak havoc across the globe, the term “challenging times” has assumed new meaning. Faculty and students, including our undergraduate and graduate students, have experienced the consequences acutely and directly. As faculty and administrators reacted to unfolding events by suddenly shifting courses to online formats, students were sent home to study in relative isolation. Faculty colleagues were separated from one another, making it difficult to interact as colleagues. Academic conferences have been delivered virtually or canceled altogether, depriving scholars of the ability to exchange ideas face to face, a critical part of what we do. The COVID-19 virus spares no one and does not discriminate among subfields, epistemologies, or institutional types.