Department of Political Science

Why Study Political Science?

Are you interested in global issues and affairs? American politics? Critical issues such as public policy, globalization, terrorism, the environment, civil rights, political development, or foreign policy? Theories concerning the ideal government and how power and resources are allocated in society? Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on them? If so, political science is the major for you. Political science delves into the study of governments, public policies, and political behavior. It is a social science which uses both humanistic perspectives and scientific skills to examine the United States and all countries and regions of the world.

Political Science is excellent preparation for advanced study.

As a political science major, you will hone the writing, communication, analytical, and data skills that are fundamental to a liberal arts education. This kind of education will prepare you to think critically and independently, help you appreciate differing points of view, and broaden your knowledge of current affairs. The study of political science serves as excellent preparation for graduate school or law school.  Political Science is the undergraduate major of most students pursuing a degree in law.  In addition, political science majors often pursue graduate degrees in fields in political science such as public policy or in closely related fields such as public administration.

Political Science is excellent preparation for a career.

Majoring in political science can qualify you for many different careers in private, for-profit, and non-profit organizations, as well as the public sector. The study of political science prepares students for a variety of careers including law, journalism, international affairs, elementary and secondary education, and positions in government agencies and political offices.

Political Science is excellent preparation for effective citizenship.

Studying political science grounds students in the importance of political participation and prepares them to take part in the political life of their communities and the nation.

A Well Instructed People Alone Can Be Permanently A Free People

— James Madison


“The critical analysis skills, public speaking abilities, and research methods that I learned from the Political Science curriculum and faculty were extremely valuable in preparing me to undertake a satisfying and successful professional career in the legal and public policy arenas.”

— Quanah Spencer
Political Science Major and Graduate of Fort Lewis College