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Political Science

Political science is the study of:

  • How governments are organized;
  • Political processes (such as elections);
  • Political behaviors (such as voting and interest groups); and
  • How public policy is created and implemented.   

The scope of political science ranges from local politics (city and county) to global relationships and covers domestic and international policy areas.  As a major, political science is broken down into subfield areas that include:  American politics; international politics; political theory and ideology; comparative politics; and public administration.

Political scientists strive to objectively identify relationships and structures surrounding political events and conditions, and attempt to identify general principles about the way politics works in all countries and world regions.   Political scientists use a variety of perspectives and methods to analyze processes, systems, and political dynamics.  These methods range from quantitative data analysis to qualitative (such as case studies relying interviews and archival research).  Political science strives to be conceptually precise, free from bias, and well-supported by clear facts and evidence.