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Technology at Political Science

The department is committed to innovative uses of technology in the field of Political Science. We are working hard to develop one of the finest computer classrooms at any Political Science department in the country.

The state-of-the-art computer classroom allows our faculty to provide new ways to enhance student learning. We also have an extensive software collection, a graduate computer lab, and excellent network connectivity.

In addition to the department's facilities, students also have access to university computer labs provided by UWired and UW Tech (Computing and Communications). However not all software available in the department's labs is available in UWired facilities.

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Computer Classroom

Located in Smith 220, the computer classroom allows faculty to merge technology with their course material. It also serves as a general access lab. Political science students and students enrolled in political science classes have priority. View Lab Calendar.

25 Dell Precision 3460 (12th Gen Intel, Core i7-12700, 2.10 GHz, 16 GB RAM) workstations running Windows 10 and statistical software (purchased with Student Technology Fee grant)

6 stations with USB-C charging for laptops and dual screen use.

An STF provided charging station (phones).

Autumn, Winter, Spring: Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm
Summer Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am - 3pm

Graduate Computer Lab

The graduate computer lab, located in Smith 41, provides a dedicated area with extended hours for graduate students in Political Science.

Currently, there are three workstations and a networked B&W printer (purchased with Student Technology Fee grant). Computers have the same configuration as the Smith 220 lab description above.

An STF provided charging station (phones).

Key access.

Network Connectivity

We have made a significant investment in our network infrastructure. All the workstations in the computer classroom have 1GB switched connections, allowing for rapid access to applications over the web.


Currently only graduate students in Political Science and students enrolled in Political Science classes taught in the computer classroom have access to limited, free printing.

All others may use their Husky Card to take advantage of pay-for-printing options.


Microsoft LTSC Professional Office 2021

Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word


R, RStudio, SPSS 19, Stata 14 SE, Stat Transfer 14


ArcGIS Pro

Web Browsers

Internet Explorer
Google Chrome


Adobe Acrobat Pro (STF funded)
Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (one machine per lab; Polisci provided); Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, etc.

Computing Staff

Stephen Dunne
Senior Computer Specialist
Manager, Computer Classroom and Lab
Smith 220C


Please feel free to e-mail Stephen Dunne if you have any suggestions for the Computer Classroom and Lab: