What is Political Science?

Understanding how and why those issues are resolved, or fail to be resolved, is at the heart of what we study.

Aristotle called politics the master science. We may be prejudiced, but we think he was right. The study of politics is the study of people and societies struggling with great and enduring issues – war and peace, order and freedom, and justice and equality. Understanding how and why those issues are resolved, or fail to be resolved, is at the heart of what we study.

We believe that there is nothing more fundamentally important to social life than understanding how we as individuals and as a society address these issues through the political process.

Through their examination of theories and practices of governments and politics, students develop humanistic and scientific perspectives to think critically about public policies and their consequences and to make sense of the many complex ways in which domestic and global political forces shape their lives. They develop the analytical abilities to evaluate individual, group,
and mass behavior in political settings.