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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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    Keck interviewed on gay marriage ruling

    Associate Professor Thomas Keck was recently interviewed by SU News following the Supreme Court's landmark ruling which legalized same-sex marriage across the country.
     

    Piston, PhD candidate Strother, co-author op-ed piece

    Assistant Professor Spencer Piston and PhD candidate Logan Strother co-authored the recent op-ed piece, "White support for the Confederate flag really is about racism, not Southern heritage," for The Washington Post.
     

    Piston quoted in New York Times

    Spencer Piston, assistant professor of political science, was quoted in a June 21 New York Times op-ed entitled "In Charleston, a Millennial Race Terrorist" about the recent shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C.  Piston's research on race shows that the belief that whites are more intelligent and harder working than African Americans is not limited to older whites.
     
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