What is Political Science?

According to the American Political Science Association,

Political science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior.  Political science subfields include political theory, political philosophy, political ideology,  political economy, policy studies and analysis, comparative politics, international relations, and a host of related fields...   Political scientists use both humanistic and scientific perspectives and tools and a variety of methodological approaches to examine the process, systems, and political dynamics of all countries and regions of the world.

Major Fields of Study

American Government and Politics
Comparative Politics
International Relations/ International Politics
Law and Courts
Political Institutions
Political Philosophy
Public Law and Policy
Public Administration


Advanced industrial Societies
Regional Politics
Civil Rights and Liberties
Conflict Processes
Constitutional Law
Criminal Justice
Developing Nations
Economic Policy
Education Policy
Electoral Behavior
Electoral Systems
Energy Policy
Ethnic Politics
Evaluation Research
Feminist Theory
Foreign Policy
Gay and Lesbian Politics
Gender Politics and Policy
Health Care Policy
Historical Political Thought
History and Politics
Housing Policy
Immigration Policy
International Law
International Organizations
International Political Economy
International Security
Judicial Politics
Labor Policy
Leadership Studies
Literature and Politics
Political Behavior
Political Communication
Political Development
Political Economy
Political Parties and Organizations
Political Psychology
Public Finance and Budget
Public Opinion
Regulatory Policy
Religion and Politics
Science and Technology
Social Movements
Social Welfare Policy
State Politics
Trade Policy
Urban Politics
Women and Politics


What is Political Science?

Information about the political science major

Scholarship & Awards

Student Achievements

Student Organizations & Opportunities

Information on Pi Sigman Alpha, the national political science honor society, and pre-law and mock trial programs

Internship Program

Information about internships in political science

Political Science Links

Links to useful political science websites


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