The Department of Government & Politics provides students
with the critical thinking and analytical writing skills necessary
to evaluate political issues and to function effectively in a
political environment. Students will also gain an ethical
understanding of diverse political issues, and professional skills
from participating in local, national or international
internships. Our classical political theory component
emphasizes the “great thinkers,” and the program’s research methods
segment addresses the requirements of current information
literacy. International relations and comparative politics
encompass a wide array of multicultural issues and serves to expand
students’ global knowledge. Our focus on community
politics at the state and local level encourages students to serve
their communities, and our public policy and administration
courses, domestic and international in focus, address diversity
issues, ethical dilemmas, and the accommodation of different values
within an organizational context.
The Department’s graduate curriculum offers a wide range of courses
divided into the political science discipline’s five main
subfields: (a) American Government with am emphasis on political
institutions and public law; (b) Comparative Politics and
International Relations, with an emphasis on and International Law
and area studies; (c) Political Theory with offerings in classical,
modern and contemporary thought; and Public Policy and
Administration with an emphasis on human resources management and
The program will prepare graduates to:
Understand and apply fundamental concepts of the discipline.
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of primary research models in
one of the five subfields of political science (major field).
- Demonstrate familiarity with one other subfield of political
science (minor field).
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Interpret specific analytical exercises illustrating knowledge
of the larger context of political life
- Apply concepts to new questions or issues
- Assess the results of own research and critique that of
- Apply research efforts to specific practical political
Conduct sound research and demonstrate proficiency in the
political science core.
- Describe specific conflicts over the “authoritative allocation
of values resources” in the subfields of political science.
- Integrate research into the larger issues of political science
discipline across the four predominantly empirical subfields.
- Interpret the disciplinary information contained in the
research generated by the well-known scholars in the field.