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What is Political Science?

Political Science is the study of power. Power is at the core of almost any kind of relationship – in families, workplaces, religious, community or government organizations. Political Science is primarily interested in the power relationship between citizens and their governments and in the power relationship among governments, whether it is between or within countries. Political scientists study how different governments use power, how power functions within government institutions and bureaucracies, as well as the sources and limits of governmental power. Political scientists examine interactions between citizens and government through elections, participation in interest groups, grassroots activism, and public opinion.

We offer a B.A. degree in Political Science with the option of a traditional track or a public administration track.

Regardless of the track, students must complete 30 hours of Political Science courses, including the following: Introduction to American Politics (Y103), Research Methods (Y387), and the Senior Seminar (Y490).

Special Features

Political Science majors enjoy small classes with faculty members who are both teachers and scholars. Students can sharpen their intellectual skills and increase their knowledge through extensive interaction with faculty and fellow students.

Many of our students are involved in the following student organizations that stimulate discussions of contemporary issues:

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Orientation for New Students (ACES)

July 24th, 2017

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Orientation for New Students

July 27th, 2017

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Orientation for New Students

August 5th, 2017

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Orientation for New Students

August 9th, 2017

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Orientation for Transfer Students

August 14th, 2017

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New Student Induction Day

August 18th, 2017

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Induction Day

August 18th, 2017

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Violinist Josh Vietti

August 23rd, 2017

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Matthew Schuler

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