Welcome to the Department of Political Science!

We offer instruction and research in the art and science of politics. Our mission is to understand the political world and give our students the tools for a lifetime of inquiry and engagement. Our faculty and students address challenging questions about politics, government, and citizenship. In the process, we acquire practical skills that are useful to a wide range of careers. We pride ourselves in the diversity and rigor of our courses, taught by faculty with a passion for creating and disseminating knowledge. Students and faculty study six basic fields: American government and politics, comparative politics, public policy, political theory, international relations, and empirical methodology.