Political Science

Political Science is a discipline within the Social Sciences. The four subfields are U.S. politics, comparative politics, international relations and political theory.

Political Scientists study the meaning, creation and functioning of law as well as “government” in general. In political theory, political scientist study political ideas, such as freedom, democracy and freedom. Political Science is international in scope.In international relations, political science examine how nation make war, peace and treaties. In comparative politics political scientists compare different political system, for example, comparing legislatures in Germany and England, or looking at one country as a “case study.”

Students who major in political science go onto a variety of jobs.  Many pursue a law degree, or go into government. Like any liberal arts degree, political prepares students for the workforce through the development of a variety of skills, such as, reading comprehension, oral presentation, critical thinking, writing, and various other.

Students interested in an overview of the subfields could take introductory courses:  Political Science 50 (political theory), Political Science 51 (U.S. Government), Political Science 52 (comparative government), and Political Science 59 (international relations).

Students interested in national politics could take Political Science 51, followed by Political Science 54 (U.S Presidency) and Political Science 55 (Political Parties)

Students interested in state, local and city politics could take Political Science 51, followed by Political Science 53 (State and Local Government) and Political Science 65 (City Politics).

Students interested in legal questions could take Political Science 51, followed by  a variety of courses, Political Science 67 (The American Legal System) and Political Science 66 (Constitutional Law) and Political Science 65 (Civil Rights and Liberties).