Political Science

Politics has at times been compared to a game with very high stakes. Political science is the systematic study of the rules underlying the political game, the players and teams involved, the strategies they employ, and how these impact you, your community, your country, and the planet.

Students major or minor in political science because they are interested in understanding some of these aspects of politics and because political science offers a number of fruitful career opportunities in both the public and private sector. Political science consistently ranks among the top 10 most popular majors across campuses in the United States. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in education, social work, public administration, law, criminal justice, diplomacy, advocacy, journalism, or research, political science can make a contribution to your intellectual and professional development. Just as important, studying political science can make you a more savvy consumer of political news and commentary, and a more informed citizen.

First, you will begin with foundation courses in four major fields:  

  • American politics: the study of American political institutions and processes 
  • Comparative politics: the comparative study of governments and politics around the world
  • International politics: the study of the interaction between governments, international organizations, and non-government organizations
  • Political philosophy: the study of fundamental political ideas and ideals

Second, select your electives and tailor the major to your interests. The major is flexible, requiring students to take five (5) additional electives, two (2) of which can be in other related disciplines. Students can focus on specific areas of interest such as:

  • American government and institutions
  • Public policy and public administration
  • Law and courts
  • International relations, globalization, and foreign affairs
  • Comparative government and policies
  • Elections and voting behavior 

Students also have the opportunity to complete an internship or an independent study course tailored to their specific interests. 

Additionally, a research methods course and an advanced seminar is required, normally taken during your senior year. These courses are intended to help you hone in on your analytical, communication, and computer skills. They are intended to give you valuable experience in conducting independent study and help you select a post-graduation career path. 

Students majoring in political science affiliate with several social and service clubs. They include the Student Government Association, the Political Science Club, and the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society