Political science has its origins in Greek and Roman discussions on governance and the creation of a just and harmonious social order. The contemporary field of political science builds upon these ideas by examining the theories that shape our perspectives on government and how political leaders exercise authority on local, national, and international levels. Political scientists explore concepts such as ideology and power to explain the decision-making processes, rules, and laws that characterize the relationships between political institutions and their citizens.
Using the methods of scientific investigation, the Political Science program enables you to analyze the foundations and frameworks of governmental systems and the various ways political forces have shaped our world. Topics such as civil liberties, globalization, human rights, American foreign policy, international relations, and terrorism all feature prominently in our coursework.
Our program provides you with considerable flexibility in creating an interdisciplinary course of study that is tailored to your specific interests. Yet whichever direction you choose to take, you will become more knowledgeable about our political structures and systems and a more critical analyst of political events and activities. To appreciate government “in action,” you may also choose to participate in an internship related to political advocacy. In the process, you will begin to clarify your own political philosophy and acquire the tools to help you become a more informed and engaged citizen.
Political science majors possess a range of critical skills that are in high demand among employers. Graduates are prepared for a wide variety of academic and professional paths.
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