• Department of Political Science

    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, Law & Courts, or Security Studies.

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    Taylor's Code of Putinism makes War on the Rocks 2018 reading list

    Brian Taylor's recently published book, The Code of Putinism (Oxford University Press, 2018), appears on the 2018 War on the Rocks Holiday Reading List. The book is described as "an essential guide for understanding Russian decision making beyond mere cable news talking points."

    Reeher weighs in on Bloomberg run in 2020 in The Hill

    Grant Reeher spoke with The Hill about former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg's potential run for president as a Democrat in 2020. "The question is, Can he walk into a diner in Iowa and connect with voters?" Reeher says. "It might be a challenge."

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    From the moment Brielle Valenza stepped foot in the Maxwell Auditorium as a first-year student, she knew she had come to the right place. "The sense of history in that room is palpable."