Political Science Department

Political Science Department

We live in an exciting time in which national and international politics impacts our daily lives, livelihoods, and well-being. This is a critical time to learn more about issues such as:

U.S. PoliticsGlobalization and the World Economy
Judicial PoliticsInternational Conflict and Cooperation
Constitutional LawThe Rise of China
Public OpinionRussian Politics
Campaigns and ElectionsEuropean Politics
Legislative PoliticsMiddle East politics
Civic Engagement and AdvocacyDemocracy and Rule of Law

If you are interested in learning more about American Politics and International Relations, a major in Political Science is the degree for you.

According to the American Political Science Association:

“Political science delves into the study of governments, public policies, and political behavior. It is a social science which uses both humanistic perspectives and scientific skills to examine the United States and all countries and regions of the world.”

As a political science major, students study how groups of people collectively make decisions.  To do so, our majors draw upon a diverse array of intellectual traditions.  For example, when studying elections, students learn about the laws and institutions governing elections, the psychology of voting, and consider how these elections then shape society.  When studying Middle East or European Politics, they consider the wide range of political institutions, economic systems, and social organizations that shape the national and international politics of these regions.  Upon completing their degree in Political Science, students will have gained vital skills, such as document analysis, writing, data analysis, research, and public speaking.  Along with these critical life skills, our students also gain extensive knowledge from faculty that specialize in both American Politics and International Politics.

With this diverse skill set and knowledge base, our students frequently go on to careers in both the private and public sector:

Government offices: Local, State, and FederalThink Tanks Research Centers
LawTeaching
Elected OfficeNongovernmental Organizations and Intergovernmental Organizations
Political CampaignsAdvocacy and Community Service
BusinessPolicy Analyst

A Political Science degree offers a Liberal Arts education that prepares you for a wide range of career options. According to the American Political Science Association:

“As a political science major, you will hone the writing, communication, analytical, and data skills that are fundamental to a liberal arts education. This kind of education will prepare you to think critically and independently, help you appreciate differing points of view, and broaden your knowledge of current affairs. Today, students can reasonably expect to change jobs more than once and even have more than one career. An undergraduate education in the liberal arts is excellent preparation for flexibility in employment.”