Political Science

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Political Sciences

Political science is a practical and interesting major or minor because it provides a strong academic preparation for many different occupations and career paths because politics connects to a range of policies and issues that affect society. Everything is political or affected by policy! Like other disciplines within the Liberal Arts, Political Science provides an excellent training in skills that employers seek, such as critical thinking, data analysis, and effective written and oral communication. See how some of our alumni highlighted by our College have used their degrees in private business or government. We are dedicated to providing an excellent education that will prepare students for a variety of careers and lifelong success. Our alumni go on to careers in many areas, such as the following:

  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Paralegal
  • Political Official/Representative
  • Law Enforcement (Federal, State, Local)
  • State & Local Government
  • Journalism
  • Diplomatic Service Government
  • College Professor
  • Graduate School (MA & Ph.D.)
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Business
  • Community Organizing

 We offer a major that includes the option of concentrations in certain subfields, a general minor, and specialized minors in Public Administration and Service or International Politics.  Our general major offers students flexibility to take courses across all the areas of Political Science, whereas the optional concentrations focus on two or three subfields.  Here are some examples of situations where students may choose a concentration:

  • A student who is interested in going to law school might choose to concentrate his or her classes in three fields: Law and Politics, American Political Behavior and Institutions, and Political Thought and Theory.
  • A student pursuing a career in the U.S. Foreign Service, the Servicio Exterior Mexicano, or other organizations involved in international affairs might choose to concentrate most classes in the fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics.
  • A student who wishes to work for a governmental agency at the federal, state or local level in the United States might choose to concentrate most classes in the fields of Public Administration and American Political Behavior and Institutions.
  • A student who plans to work for a governmental agency at the federal, state or local level in México might choose to concentrate most classes in the fields of Public Administration, Comparative Politics and International Relations.

Our minors afford similar flexibility. There is only one required course in the political science minor, and only two in the Comparative and International Politics minor. Each minor requires 6 standard courses (18 hours), the minimum allowed at UTEP. 

Students majoring in other subjects who are interested in politics in the United States, along the border, or throughout the world will find our minors to be intellectually stimulating and worthwhile for many careers. Our minors can be particularly relevant for students majoring in anthropology, Chicano Studies, communications, criminal justice, economics and finance, history, Latin American and Border Studies, philosophy, psychology, sociology, social work, Spanish, and teacher education.

Come study with us! ¡Vengan a estudiar con nosotros! 


Dr. Charles Boehmer


Charles Boehmer
Contact Information: crboehmer@utep.edu; 915-747-7979
Education: Ph D, Penn State University
Research Interests: International relations/Comparative Politics: International Conflict, Civil Conflicts, International Political Economy, International Organization, Civil War, Terrorism, Border Politics and Theory.<br><br>Research methods and statistics

Bradley Chilton
Contact Information: bschilton@utep.edu; 915-747-5016
Education: BA, Milton College; JD, University of Toledo College of law; MA, University of Toledo; MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph D, University of Georgia

Gaspare Genna
Contact Information: ggenna@utep.edu; 915-747-6066
Education: Ph D, Claremont Graduate University

Taeko Hiroi
Contact Information: thiroi@utep.edu; 915-747-7983
Education: Ph D, University of Pittsburgh

J McDonald
Contact Information: jmcdonald2@utep.edu; 915-747-5557
Education: BS, Northern Illinois University; MS, Northern Illinois University; Ph D, Northern Illinois University

Gregory Schmidt
Contact Information: gdschmidt@utep.edu; 915-747-7973
Education: BA, University of Texas at Austin; MA, Cornell Univesity; Ph D, Cornell University

William Weaver
Contact Information: wweaver@utep.edu; 915-747-8867
Education: Attended the Defense Language Institute as a soldier in the U.S. Army, Defense language Institute; BA, California State University, Sacramento; MA, University of Virginia; JD, University of Virginia; Ph D, University of Virginia

Associate Professor

Eric Boyer
Contact Information: ejboyer@utep.edu;
Education: Ph D, The George Washington University
Research Interests: Public-Private Partnerships, Cross-Sector Collaboration, Privatization and Government Contracting, Public Involvement, Nonprofit Community Engagement, Public and Nonprofit Leadership, Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation

John Bretting
Contact Information: jbretting@utep.edu; 915-747-6582
Education: Ph D, University of Houston

Todd Curry
Contact Information: tacurry@utep.edu; 915-747-7967
Education: Ph D, Western Michigan University

Cigdem Sirin Villalobos
Contact Information: cigdemsirin@utep.edu; 915-747-7971
Education: BA, Bogazici University; Ph D, Texas A&M University

José Villalobos
Contact Information: jdvillalobos2@utep.edu; 915-747-7978
Education: BA, University of Texas at San Antonio; Ph D, Texas A&M University

Assistant Professor

Carlos Algara
Contact Information: caalgara@utep.edu;
Education: BA, Washington State University; MA, Oregon State University; Ph D, University of California, Davis

Ljubinka Andonoska
Contact Information: landonoska@utep.edu; 915-747-7132
Education: BA, Faculty of Economics, St. Ciril & Methodij; MPA, Arizona State University; Ph D, Arizona State University
Research Interests: Performance budgeting, participatory budgeting, local economic development, tax incentives.

Rebecca Reid
Contact Information: rareid@utep.edu; 915-747-7970
Education: BA, Wofford College; BA, Wofford College; Credential, University of South Carolina; Certificate, University of Michigan; Certificate, UC Berkeley; Ph D, University of South Carolina; Ph D, University of South Carolina
Research Interests: judicial politics, international law, comparative courts, indigenous law, human rights, research methods, separation of powers, gendered decision making, courts and national security

Yingnan Zhou
Contact Information: yzhou5@utep.edu; 915-747-6216
Education: Ph D, University of Iowa
Research Interests: Authoritarian politics, democratization, authoritarian resilience

Department of Political Science

Benedict Hall, Room 111 
Phone: 915.747.5227
Fax: 915.747.6616 

Website: https://www.utep.edu/liberalarts/political-science/index.html