Political science is the study of government, public policy, and politics.
It is concerned with the control, use, and abuse of authority and institutions, as well as cultural systems through which power is exercised. Political science uses humanistic and scientific approaches to understand the dynamics of political and social change in the United States and across the globe.
Learning Goals for the Major in Political Science
Upon completing the major in political science, students will be able to:
- Critically reflect on and analyze contemporary political trends and developments.
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, about political topics.
- Conduct qualitative and quantitative research on political topics.
- Pursue graduate studies in political science, journalism, law and other professions; and enter careers that require a strong background in political studies.