The Department of Political Science is dedicated to training students to become informed citizens and effective professionals. Our bachelors and masters curricula examine domestic and international power structures, socioeconomic relations, and the building blocks of public life—government, ideas, and activity—in their domestic, international, comparative, geographic, and theoretical dimensions.
In addition to focused study in the core subfields of political science—American politics, political theory, comparative politics, and international relations—there is considerable room to tailor your study within the major, and the department offers ample opportunities for independent study, honors theses and internships.
Political science students are engaged in many extra-curricular activities, including the Political Science Club, the International Studies Association, the Pre-law Association, the Young Republican Club and Young Democrat Club. International Studies majors are active in the Model UN conferences held in New York City at which they have won several awards. Graduating seniors with excellent grade point averages may be eligible to be inducted into the national political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha.