The study of political science is mainly the study of governments: their social and economic environments, how they are organized, how and why they decide upon and carry out policies, and how nation-states interact on the world scene. It also includes the study of political ideas and values, past and present, citizen behavior, and recent trends in methods of research and analysis aimed at enlarging our knowledge of political processes.
In this sense, the Political Science Department provides students with the perspective and background necessary to understand the complex and often confusing reality of politics.
To focus that search for understanding, each political science major will select a concentration either in American politics or international/comparative politics. Course listings for each area are available in the department office.
The department also houses the College’s Public Administration program and the Native American Studies minor program.
The Political Science Department also offers prelaw advising to all students at the College, regardless of a student’s major field of study. If you are thinking of applying to law school or would like more information on the LSAT or law schools, please contact the College’s prelaw advisor in the department.