Department of Political Science. Collection of the Department of Political Science, 1973-Ongoing. GACA Collection 210. ½ Hollinger box.
The Political Science Department collection consists of typed newsletters and material regarding scholarships and lectures. Political Science majors and minors were to use the newsletters as a resource for upcoming classes, speakers, and events. In addition, the publications helped students stay updated on happenings within the department and the politics of the day.
The Gustavus Adolphus College Political Science Department was established in 1969 by Ron Christenson (1969-1978). Christenson, Don Ostrom (1972-2004), and Norm Walbek (1976-2001) aka the “founding fathers,” started out teaching only seven courses a year. Originally, the department found home in the basement of Uhler Hall, but moved into the Schafer Fine Arts Building during the early 1970s. The Political Science Department currently resides on the second floor of Old Main.