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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 U.S. 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.

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Alumni from the Department of Political Science have gone on to become:
 Rhodes Scholars 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
Political Science Faculty & Staff

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November 22, 2022

Senior cadet selected as Academy’s 43rd Rhodes scholar

Cadet 1st Class James Landy, recipient of the Rhodes scholarship U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- –U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet 1st Class James Landy, Class of 2023, has been selected for a highly competitive Rhodes Scholarship, a fully funded postgraduate program at the University of Oxford in England. According to the Rhodes Trust website, the Rhodes scholarship is the oldest international scholarship program. The scholarship was established in 1902 by philanthropist Cecil John Rhodes, a British mining magnate and South African politician. Winners are selected on the basis of academic achievement, personal integrity, and leadership potential,...

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April 11, 2022

Elon Musk urges cadet researchers at U.S. Air Force Academy to keep innovating, make rocket launches ‘boring’

Lt. Gen. Richard Clark, U.S. Air Force Academy superintendent, and Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, discuss space exploration and innovation during the Ira C. Eaker Lecture, Air Force Academy, Colo., April 7, 2022. Musk encouraged cadets to tackle research problems, break barriers and turn fiction into reality. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor Cokley) By Tech. Sgt. Zach Vaughn, U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- SpaceX CEO Elon Musk motivated cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy to keep the research industry on its toes by fighting complacency and working overtime to break boundaries. “We want...

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October 15, 2020

Former National Security Advisor McMaster speaks to cadets at Academy Assembly

Story by Ray Bowden, photos by Trevor Cokley, Oct. 15, 2020 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster encouraged Air Force Academy cadets to set an example for bipartisanship during his keynote speech at the Academy Assembly Oct. 13. The retired Army lieutenant general was the 26th assistant to the president for National Security Affairs, serving on President Trump’s staff from Feb. 20, 2017 to March 15, 2018. McMaster’s hour-long speech, livestreamed from California and broadcast from Polaris Hall with a group of cadets, faculty and assembly delegates watching, mirrored the assembly’s theme: “National Security and...

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