What is Political Science?

Graduate poli-sci students in class

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Many of the pressing questions of our time, from ecological sustainability and wealth distributions to war and peace, are addressed in the political arena. Political science is concerned with the theory and practice of politics and government as they arise at local, national and international levels. 

Political Scientists Ask Tough Questions

Political scientists are primarily focused on generating and testing generalizable theories about human interactions, specifically in the political realm. The Department of Political Science aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in the issues, methods and processes of government, not only in the U.S. but around the world. Our students explore a variety of methods for understanding human behavior, theorizing, rigorously analyzing data, and speaking and writing about these ideas with clarity and concision. 

Is Political Science Right for You?

Government permeates nearly every aspect of our lives, and our students know that first understanding, then questioning, the current structure is the only way to enact positive change. Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, if you are inquisitive, open-minded and committed to pushing the boundaries of what you think you know, we invite you to join our scholarly community.