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Political Science Department


The basic questions about government have been asked at least since the days of Aristotle. And they will stay with us, since governments will always have a vital role to play while also always being subject to abuse and corruption.

In a democratic nation, these questions are not just of academic interest. Citizens face them throughout their lives, from attending school board meetings to electing a president. The more people know, the better they can hold their government accountable, and the more democracy there will be.

Democracy, Power, Justice, Equality, Liberty


These and other concepts underlie the study of politics and government. They give rise not merely to questions of fact, such as, “How does our electoral system work?” but to normative questions as well, such as, “Is our electoral system genuinely fair?”

Our program will:

  • Prepare you for a career in government, politics, law, or in the private sector
  • Give you the opportunity to gain valuable internship experience
  • Let you develop close academic relationships with caring, experienced faculty
  • Develop your writing, public speaking, and analytical skills — which are so important in today’s job market
  • Provide the opportunity to join and take part in activities sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society

We offer a wide range of courses in:

  • Politics:
    • Public opinion
    • Voting and elections
    • Interest group activity
  • Government:
    • Local/state/federal levels
    • International
    • Presidency, legislature, congress
    • Courts
    • Bureaucracy
I don’t know exactly what democracy is, but we need more of it.
Chinese Student, Tianamen Square, 1989
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