Political science is the systematic study of politics and its connection to human life. It focuses on the way people govern themselves and are governed in a variety of settings—including the state, the workplace, schools and the family—and the way in which that governance affects their life chances and shapes their sense of self. Students who elect this major examine, among other things, relationships between law and political institutions, economic and political power and culture and political identity. They develop the analytical, interpretive and critical methods necessary to understand these relationships at local, national, regional and international levels and to act as responsible citizens at those levels.
A Variety of Perspectives
Our courses provide a broad liberal arts education and focus on issues of utmost importance in an ever changing, dynamic world. Additionally, members of the faculty stress the development of analytic, writing and quantitative skills.
National Ranked Faculty
As nationally and internationally recognized experts in their fields, our professors focus on research that is vitally important to the nation and the world. Whether studying democratization in developing countries, legislative productivity, the moral and political implications of war, or the politicization of Islam, our faculty are developing and advancing theories intended to solve real world problems. Undergraduate and graduate students alike are involved in their research, expanding students’ intellectual horizons and providing them with the tools for successful careers.
Internships are integral to your success. A wide variety of internship opportunities are available every year, including positions with:
Congressional and state legislative offices
Local, state and federal government offices
State’s Attorney and Public Defender offices
Political campaigns for national, state, and local offices