Understanding the Institutions of Society

The Political Science Department helps students develop skills of critical thinking and analysis that will enable them to understand political institutions and processes locally, nationally and globally. The department also aims to empower students to engage in informed, thoughtful, and effective ways in public life.  

As a Political Science Department, we explore political institutions and power relations in society. We study political life through different approaches: institutional, legal, historical, behavioral, philosophical, sociological, political-economic. The scope of our courses is broad, including not only the United States but also other countries and global institutions and processes. 

Political Science programs prepare students to work in government and politics, public policy, non-profits, and private industry. They prepare students for graduate study in a variety of fields, including law, public administration, public policy, education, public health, and academic social sciences.

Political Science, like many other liberal arts programs, prepares students to:

  • think critically and analytically
  • express themselves well in writing and orally
  • solve problems
  • understand and participate in their communities
  • learn on the job and throughout life.

A degree in Political Science also opens doors to specific occupations and jobs. Some higher-level jobs require additional degrees, for which a Political Science major is good preparation.

Academic Advising
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Pre-Professional Programs

Bachelor’s Degrees

Political Science Catalog Description
The General Program in Political Science is intended to meet the needs of students planning to continue their studies in political science or related fields at the graduate level, or planning to prepare for professional work in such fields as government, law, education and journalism.

This degree program offers a Honors track. Learn more.


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