Although Harvard has no regularly organized "Department of Political Science," yet the advantages she offers for the study of politics and political history are unsurpassed by those of any other American college. The courses offered at Harvard in Constitutional History and Political Economy form the best possible training for young men whose aspirations are toward legal or political honors.
But besides the courses offered by the college there are other sources from which our students of political proclivities may derive much benefit. The lectures under the auspices of the Finance Club afford invaluable instruction to all who hear them, and are as much a part of "instructive force" of the university as the lectures given in the different courses. Mr. Taussig's lucid essay on "Protection to Young Industries" was delivered Tuesday evening before a small but appreciative audience. This is the first lecture of a political character which has been offered to the students in this college year, but as in other years able lecturers will present occasional essays upon topics of public interest which will, no doubt, well repay the attention of students of Political Science. It is hardly necessary, in this connection, to call attention to the value of the Harvard Union as offering an admirable opportunity for training in debate. Its superiority over small or private debating clubs is evident, while the value of independent study, which is made necessary in preparation for debate, cannot be over-estimated.
The action of the faculty in establishing final honors in Political Science, has done much to encourage study in this direction, and if Harvard men do not, in the near future, achieve political distinction, it must be assumed that the fault is in the material.