Political Science Department
Political Science examines political institutions,
practices, norms, and ideologies using a range of methodological and
theoretical approaches. Courses in the major explore the development of
political ideas and their relevance to modern society; the logic and methods of
political science analysis; existing political systems and problems in the U.S.
and abroad; the ways religious, racial, ethnic, gender, class and
other identities inform political phenomena, and many other topics.
In learning about politics and the study of politics, students also develop their research, analytic, and
communication skills. Consequently graduates of our program are leading
candidates for careers in government, law, nonprofit
social services, journalism, and the private sector, as well as for graduate study
in a variety of disciplines.
Our faculty are dedicated teachers as well as active
scholars, whose research complements and informs their teaching. While political
science is one of the most popular programs on campus, courses rarely
exceed 25 students. Many of our upper-level courses are small seminars, and
students also have the opportunity to participate in independent studies
For more about the major and minor, click the link above for “Degrees and Programs.” To see what’s
happening in the department and what our alumni are doing with their
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interested in the certificate program in Public Administration. The
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