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     Department of Political Science
    Knowles Hall- 3rd Floor
    (404) 880-8718; Fax: (404) 880-8717

Mission Statement

In harmony with university goals, the Department of Political Science is committed to the provision of high quality, innovative education in political science at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department intertwines rigorous academic study, community involvement, and a progressive global vision. We cater to a student body that is largely African American, but also includes a significant percentage of international student form Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. The Department has gained national and international reputation for the substance of its program and the quality of its graduates.

The Department of Political Science is one of two such departments in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) offering the doctorate degree in political science. Currently, the Department has approximately 300 undergraduate and 96 graduate students. Central to its mission, the Department continues to play a leading role in producing graduates holding B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science. Our graduates teach and work all around the world.

Statement of Purpose

In decades characterized by the complete atrophy of all struggles from the sixties and the defection of most of the former participants, the principle question must be why? What happened consistently to denature and distort incipiently progressive impulses that appear among black people?

Endarch, as its name would suggest, identifies with motion; not haphazard or desultory movement, but movement that is conscious of its origins and destinations. As an embodiment of aggregate but mutually consistent perspectives, this journal seeks to reflect, analyze, and generate activity which will ultimately lead toward the expression, clarification, and solidification of black political thought.

The conscious nature of movement is derived from a clear social and analytical methodology. An approach which views the world as a totality, but also diaphanously understands the components comprising this world are not of equal importance. With this in mind, and given black people's historical grounding in oppression and exploitation, Endarch sees of paramount importance those phenomena and groups of phenomena which operate in a system of discernment of those vital elements, the crucial essences of which define and condition the world. Our purpose is to expose those essences and through this explication illuminate the totality from the vantage point of a specific oppressed people. Such is the task of a conscious and critical black thought imbued with the task of defining the black experience in politics. It is toward this goal that we aim.