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Maxwell / 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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    White discusses merging of Confederate and Nazi symbols in Wash Post

    Steven White, incoming assistant professor of political science, explores the overlapping of Confederate and Nazi symbols and what it means for white racist extremism in his op-ed, "Confederate flags and Nazi swastikas together? That’s new. Here’s what it means," published in the Washington Post.

    Zoli discusses the North Korea crisis on CNY Central

    Corri Zoli, director of research at the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, spoke with CNY Central about the nuclear threat between the United States and North Korea.

    Sadanandan weighs in on farmer suicides in India on Climate Central

    Anoop Sadanandan, assistant professor of political science, was interviewed for the Climate Central article, "New Findings Show How Climate Change Is Influencing India’s Farmer Suicides." Sadanandan says the study shows a new pathway for research into the nuances of suicide not just among farmers but the population as a whole in India.