Welcome to Political Science

The student of politics seeks to understand how governments are organized and structured, how political processes are employed, and the relationship of structures and processes to societal purposes.

Since political activity may embody and reflect the full range of human values, the study of politics includes realities of politics while at the same time asking how well political systems work, what purposes are and ought to be served, and what effects result from political phenomena. Political Science encourages a critical understanding of government and politics in the belief that a knowledgeable, interested, and aware citizenry is needed in a democratic society.

The study of politics touches upon other disciplines which inquire into human behavior and development, ranging from history and philosophy to psychology, communication, and cross-cultural studies. Students of political science have the opportunity to combine the academic study of government and politics with practical experience by participation in one of the internship programs sponsored by the department.

The department provides pre-professional training leading to careers in teaching, law, government, and related fields.

Declaring a major or minor?

Contact the department chair for an appointment.


What can you do with your political science degree?


Bridging classroom learning and the professional workplace.

Activities & Field Trips

See political science at work in the real world.