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POLITICAL SCIENCE

Prepare to comprehend domestic and international political events by examining political theories and ideologies, international relations, American politics, international security, defense decision-making and more.

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The Department of Political Science is an integral part of the United States Air Force Academy’s core curriculum, developing and teaching courses in American and comparative government, international relations and American defense policy.

This department prepares cadets to comprehend the political events, both domestic and international, that will shape their careers. To do so, cadets examine political theories and ideologies, competitive politics, international relations, American politics, international security, defense decision-making, the politics of foreign governments, organizational behavior and political economy.

Alumni from the Department of Political Science have gone on to become:

 Rhodes Scholars Special Assistants to the Secretary of Defense
 White House Fellows  Special Assistants to the Secretary of Defense
 Member of Congress  Secretary of the Air Force
 National Security Advisor to the President  Chief of Staff of the Air Force
 Commanders of combatant commands  University presidents
White House Fellows  Business leaders
 Ambassadors

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Political Science

Focus Areas: American | International Relations | Comparative Politics | National Security

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May 2, 2017

USAFA Endowment: Academy Senior Jeremy Jacobellis to study at Oxford with Holaday Scholarship

Cadet 1st Class Jeremy Jacobellis will pursue two years of graduate studies at Exeter College at Oxford University in Oxford, England, as the recipient of the 2017 Holaday Scholarship. Bart Holaday ‘65, a Rhodes Scholar graduate of Exeter College, created the scholarship with his late wife, Lynn, to provide a deserving Academy cadet with the same educational opportunity he benefited from as a young man. Jacobellis is completing a double major at the Air Force Academy in foreign area studies (Africa) with a focus on political science and humanities. After he graduates in May, Jacobellis will move to Oxford to begin...

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March 20, 2017

Cyber Command’s top officer speaks at Academy Assembly: Speed, agility needed in cyber realm, says Adm Rogers

By John Van Winkle, U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs / Published March 20, 2017.   U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The commander of U.S. Cyber Command gave cadets and faculty here an inside look into the cyber-warfare world during his March 15, 2017 visit to the 58th Academy Assembly. Convened annually since 1959, the assembly is an undergraduate-led conference held by the Air Force Academy and organized by its Political Science Department. Cadets and faculty organize and take part in a three-day discussion focusing on a major theme in American foreign policy. This year's theme was "Inside The...

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