The minor in Political Science, through the study of the complex forces shaping the political world today, helps students develop the knowledge base and analytic skills vital to successful careers and responsible citizenship.
The Political Science minor allows students to focus on individuals, groups, institutions and power in the domestic and international spheres. The selection of courses approaches politics from philosophical and psychology viewpoints, while also providing a thorough overview of governmental structures and processes, policy analysis, and modeling political behavior.
This course examines the central issues of democracy, and how elections function within those systems. Key questions examined in this course include: How democratic are elections? How do elections vary from nation-state to nation-state? How are elections more or less ideal in terms of democratic outcomes? How might we improve (make more democratic) electoral systems?
This course is designed to develop students’ understanding of the different ways political systems are organized, and it is also designed to develop students’ abilities to compare and explain things in a social scientific way. We cover the institutions, policymaking processes, political attitudes and political behaviors in systems around the world, and we look at how comparative analysis in political science is different from historical, journalistic and normative approaches.
This course focuses on both the theory and practice of international relations using a multidisciplinary approach, including: international law and organization, social psychology, history, ethics and economics. Special attention will be given to current global issues including human rights, the environment, nuclear weapons, terrorism, and the shape and content of international relations in the 21st century.
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Director of the Social Sciences Division
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Professor of Political Science and Global Studies
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