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Department of Political Science

Political Science, International Studies

Look at the world from a global perspective. Gain a strong foundation in the liberal arts while learning to gather evidence, think critically, evaluate sources, and communicate your findings.


Department of Political Science


Our faculty publishes leading-edge research in a wide variety of fields.  We prepare students to understand domestic and international affairs. Our areas of focus include national security and foreign policy, legal studies, environmental affairs, world politics and policy, global development, and international business.

Our department offers five majors: political science, international public policy, international relations, international studies and national security and foreign affairs. In the political science major, you can choose from four options: legal studies option, political theory option, national security option or the general option. 

We also offer an online or residential master's program, which provides you with a firm foundation in the discipline and research methods. We offer graduate certificates in environmental politics and policy, foundations of political analysis, security studies, and information, policy, and society. Graduates go on to pursue advanced degrees or careers in government, business, law, education, non-profit organizations, or private sector research.

Political Science Experience (Learn, Discover, Explore)