Students in the Political Science undergraduate major will develop analytic skills that are vital to successful careers in political engagement, teaching, and writing.
Political Science is the study of how goal-oriented individuals and groups use power to influence behavior and achieve desired outcomes. Governments are public institutions that frame official power relations and strongly determine most political outcomes.
The Political Science major offers courses in six fields:
As a Political Science major, you'll emerge from the program with an understanding of governmental structures and processes, methods for evaluating policy, strategies for exercising power, and conceptual tools for analyzing political events and outcomes. Following graduation, you'll be ready to improve lives through teaching, writing, or active political engagement.
This course is a survey of politics through the lens of analysis, i.e., the science of politics. The first half of the course focuses on developing conceptual tools necessary for political analysis. The second half concentrates on using these tools to analyze politics and political issues in the US, in other countries and in the international realm.
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