Department Chair: Brian F. Schaffner

Contemporary political science examines social and political behavior and practices, the varied contexts in which they occur, and the ideas and ideals which motivate persons in public life. Departmental requirements seek to develop a critical perspective toward the structure and operation of political systems and the major philosophical questions presented by these systems, acquainting students with different substantive areas and exposing them to several different methods of analysis, such as historical, legal, institutional, theoretical, and empirical. The department encourages its majors to pursue a diverse course of study, concentrating in the discipline of political science, but including other social sciences, history, journalism and English.

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Political Science Department Dissertations Collection

Political Science Department Faculty Publication Series