Department of Political Science


Welcome to the Clark Atlanta University Department of Political Science. As you explore our department, information about the history, commitments, programs of study, student body, and faculty and staff will unfold. 
The Department of Political Science contains a strong and diverse faculty committed to exploring the fundamental questions of political science and topics such as the relationship between politics and economics; politics, human freedom and domination; political participation and political change; political theory and philosophy; and political behavior and development. The Department seeks to carry out its program through a pattern of human relationships that stresses openness, honesty, and a cooperative spirit. 
The political science curriculum places emphasis on the political experience of African Americans in the United States, as well as African and African diaspora nations and communities. It also seeks to develop a universal understanding of political behavior. The contradictions of all political and economic systems are critically analyzed, and careful attention is paid to alternative arrangements that portend desirable change for historic victims of oppression in various political systems. 
The Department of Political Science has a solid record of teaching, research, and community involvement that has earned our faculty and students a strong reputation and critical acclaim both nationally and internationally. The programs of study we offer lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy. 


The Department of Political Science aims to be the major center for black political scholarship in the United States and throughout the African Diaspora, and to become a center of political understanding for change for the disadvantaged of the world.  


Kurt B. Young, Ph.D. 
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science 
Office location: Knowles Hall, Room 319 
Ms. Meria A. Beasley 
Sr. Staff Assistant 
(404) 880 8718  
Knowles Hall, Room 316