Options for Political Science Degree (press + to read more)

Political Science is the systematic study of politics wherever it takes place—in governmental institutions, the international arena, and civil society. Political science majors may choose the general political science major, or one of the three options that focus on law and politics, international affairs, or environmental and energy politics. All political science majors learn to think critically, write clearly and speak persuasively. They learn the ideas of great political thinkers, learn the political fundamentals behind the headlines, and have engaging discussions from all points of view with other students and professors.

Non-profit, corporate and government employers make critical decisions affecting our natural and urban environments. You’ll study:

  • Historical and contemporary environmental problems.
  • Governmental and non-governmental efforts to address problems on local, state, federal and international levels.
  • Interactions between key actors and institutions involved in environmental policymaking in the U.S. and internationally.

Career opportunities in international affairs have increased in government, international organizations, non-profits and the private sector, as well as in graduate programs. In this option you’ll focus on:

  • Political systems and dynamics within countries and regions around the world.
  • Relations among countries and non-state actors.
  • Global issues, problems and institutions.

This option is for students interested in a career in law, politics or public service in government agencies, nonprofits or the private sector. It offers coursework in:

  • The role of courts and other institutions in defining the breadth and scope of government.
  • Judicial procedures and behaviors and their implications for our democracy.
  • Relationships between the branches of the U.S. government, and between state and federal governments.
  • Normative arguments regarding justice and equality in theory and in practice.