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  • The Department of Political Science is devoted to the study of politics and government, domestically and abroad. This includes the study of political institutions that exercise government authority, including legislatures, courts, and administrative agencies; political organizations through which individuals and groups seek to reshape the political landscape, including parties, interest groups, and social movements; public policies that reflect governmental efforts to regulate the actions of individuals and corporations, including civil rights, immigration, and environmental policy; and the interactions between and among nation-states and transnational organizations that shape patterns of trade and development, conflict and cooperation, war and peace.

    At the undergraduate level, political science majors will be exposed to political inquiry across a broad array of substantive topics, while also concentrating in one of the following areas: American Politics & History, Law & Politics, Political Economy, Political Participation & Mobilization, Global Governance & Foreign Policy, Political Violence & Conflict, Public Policy, Parties & Elections, Comparative Politics, Citizenship & Democracy, or Political Thought & Philosophy. 

    At the graduate level, doctoral students receive broad training in quantitative and qualitative methods of social science research, while also concentrating in two of the following substantive fields: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Administration & Policy, or Law & Courts.
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    Feeling Triumphalist in Tokyo

    The May/June issue of Foreign Affairs magazine includes a review by Professor Margarita Estévez-Abe of David Pilling's new book Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival.

    Klotz wins prestigious award

    Audie Klotz, professor of political science, is the 2014 co-recipient of the J. Ann Tickner Award of the International Studies Association, along with Cecelia Lynch from the University of California, Irvine.

    Maxwell School announces Karen DeYoung as graduate convocation speaker

    Karen DeYoung, an award-winning senior national security correspondent and associate editor for The Washington Post, will deliver the Maxwell School’s graduate convocation address on May 9 in Hendricks Chapel.

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