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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.
  • Celebrating Maxwell's 90th

    90logoThe Maxwell School, which opened officially in October of 1924, is turning 90 this fall. To mark this anniversary, we’ve planned a series of on-campus events throughout the upcoming semester.

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    Barkun quoted in 6 credit-based conspiracy theories

    Professor Michael Barkun was quoted in a recent article appearing on, discussing the theory of electronic conspiracy.

    Elman featured speaker on Israel’s elections and publishes op-ed

    Miriam F. Elman, associate professor of political science, presented a talk on “Israel’s Elections and the Prospects for Middle East Peace” at the 2014-2015 International Relations & Foreign Policy Speakers Series at Colgate University.

    Piston research cited in various sources

    Assistant Professor Spencer Piston's research on racial prejudice among white youth in the U.S. was recently cited in The New York Times article "Hate Takes the Bus," the Politico Magazine article "Millennials Are More Racist Than They Think," and in The Slate article "Don’t Expel Members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon for Racism."

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