» Faculty members in the political science department are actively involved in research and scholarship in addition to advising and teaching.
- Professor Joel Westra published "Cumulative Legitimation, Prudential Restraint, and the Maintenance of International Order" in International Studies Quarterly (Vol. 54 No. 2, June 2010)
- Professor den Dulk along with Jonathan Hill, Calvin Sociology Professor, have published an article "Religion, Volunteering, and Educational Setting: The Effect of Youth Schooling Type on Civic Engagement." in the "Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion" 52 (1): 179-97. March 2013. This article is a result of a study they have done to show that the type of high school a student attends impacts their motivation to volunteer as adults.
» Faculty regularly work with student research assistants. Between 2005-2010, department members have worked with 17 different student researchers through the McGregor Program and the Paul Henry Institute student research program. Some students have accompanied faculty members at conferences and on fieldwork
» Thanks in large part to the department’s Washington, D.C. and state and local internship programs, the faculty serve students as readily available counselors and contacts for employment or other professional opportunities after graduation.