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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, Law & Courts, or Security Studies.
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    Estevez-Abe interviewed on NPR Weekend Edition

    Associate Professor Margarita Estevez-Abe comments on the high rate of Japanese mothers dropping out of the workforce in "For Japanese Parents, Gorgeous Bento Lunches Are Packed With High Stakes" for NPR Weekend Edition.

    Gadarian discusses Trump campaign focus on BBC

    Associate Professor Shana Gadarian discussed the Trump campaign’s focus on the anxieties of American voters with the BBC in "How Donald Trump uses American anxiety."

    Reeher on Clinton campaign strategy

    Professor Grant Reeher was quoted in a Washington Examiner article, "How Hillary Clinton got to Philadelphia," on Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategy.
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