Clubs & Organizations

The Department of Political Science offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of clubs and organizations that promote academic and professional growth, and, more importantly, connect students to peers who want to have fun and build upon their passions.

Recognized student clubs and organizations affiliated with Political Science are listed below:

Model United Nations

Every April, students in Whittier’s Model United Nations class may participate in a five-day UN conference in San Francisco along with approximately 500 students from 30-35 schools from the western United States, Canada, the Philippines, and the Russian Far East. Over the last 20 years, Whittier has hosted the conference eight times and provides chairs for the main committees and background material for other delegates. The program includes approximately 35 to 40 members each year and is open to all majors. For more information, contact Professor Mike McBride at 562.907.4854.

Departmental Student Council

Each year, seven to nine students are elected as members of the Departmental Student Council. The Council meets with the department to discuss curricular issues, help interview job candidates, and make recommendations on faculty who are up for tenure or promotion at the College. For more information, contact the department chair at 562.907.4854.

College Democrats

The College Democrats club is dedicated to organizing participation in politics of Democratic college students at Whittier College. The club pursues the ideals of liberty, justice, and freedom through support of the Democratic Party and its ideals. For more information, contact

Richard M. Nixon Young Republicans Club

The Richard M. Nixon Young Republicans Club was founded to bring together students interested and passionate about Republican politics on campus. Although not all members are Republican, the club strives to educate students on current political topics through trips to local museums, movie nights, and debates. It also hopes to bring about a greater awareness of Richard Nixon to the campus, as well as provide other co-curricular events for students at Whittier. For more information, contact