In the Department of Political Science, we study who gets what, when, where, how and why. That is, we study questions about power. If you're interested in why or how groups influence political institutions, elected officials behave, governing institutions affect people's lives, people run for office, nations choose war or peace, or voters make up their minds, this is the major for you.

In our department, you get to work closely with faculty, collaborate on research projects and gain real-world experience through internships. Your experiences inside and outside the classroom will prepare you for a wide range of careers in politics, law, advocacy and other fields.

In our classes, we invite you to think about the big questions of how we govern ourselves, such as:

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    What is justice?

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    How does the political process function?

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    How do people exercise power?

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    How do political parties make decisions?

The Department of Political Science frequently offers lectures and webinars exploring contemporary political issues in American and international politics, including this webinar, "What Just Happened? Understanding the Final Days of the Trump Administration."

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