​Political science is a social science concerned with describing and analyzing political institutions and processes. Political scientists study the origins of and preconditions for government, the rise and fall of governments, and the relations among nations of the world. 

Political scientists are interested in how governments are structured, how they make decisions, and how they manage social conflicts. Political scientists also study the behavior of individuals within political systems, both as individuals and as part of groups and organizations.

Finally, political science encompasses normative inquiry into such larger questions as the best form of political order, the optimum relationship between the individual and government and the nature of the public good.

Undergradua​te Degrees Offered



  • ​Citizen Engagement
  • Global Governance and Advocacy
  • Governance of Nations
  • International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Administration
  • International Security Studies
  • Lawmaking and Legal Processes
  • Political Advocacy and Elections
  • Public and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Public Policy Analysis


  • Social Studies Major
  • Social Studies Major (Secondary Emphasis)
  • Sustainability and Environmental Policy Minor


Special Programs and Studies

  • Pre-Law


Political Scientists study:

  • political parties and voting behavior
  • interest groups
  • bureaucratic organizations and administrative procedures
  • national security and international organizations
  • presidential and gubernatorial politics
  • legislative behavior
  • courts and the administration of justice
  • intergovernmental relations
  • political socialization
  • mass movements
  • revolution
  • ideologies
  • political philosophy
  • community organization and urban politics
  • public policies


Undergraduate program card & list of career options

Political Science Major

International Relations Major

Public and Nonprofit Administration Major