Political science is the study of governments, the processes by which governments make policies and the effects of those policies on society. Political scientists analyze the nature and design of government institutions, and examine the political attitudes and behavior of individual citizens using the techniques of survey and experimental research. We carry out these studies with research on the United States government at the national and sub-national level, on governments and political behaviors in countries around the world, and on interactions between nations. Political science also continues to ask such fundamental questions as how governments ought to be organized and what government policies best serve citizens interests.
In the broadest terms, undergraduate political science courses help develop analytical abilities and build communications skills. These general aims are supplemented by several specific objectives. First, because educated citizens ought to know something about the nature of government, the department offers courses to enhance general knowledge about politics in the United States and in other countries. Second, political science provides the background necessary for careers in government, the law, higher education, business, and journalism which demand understanding about how political systems operate. Third, political science also contributes to the knowledge of the public policy process, knowledge that is necessary for individuals planning many types of government-related careers as well as careers in the private sector.
The Department of Political Science offers courses in all facets of the discipline: American political institutions and political behavior; international relations; comparative politics; political theory and methodology; public policy and administration; and race and ethnic politics. The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree, and students can also earn an Honors designation in political science. We offer certificate programs to help students focus their studies and develop a concentration in several of these topics. Students who major in political science will have the opportunity to take courses with faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized as experts in their fields. Political science majors also have the opportunity to enroll in a senior capstone research seminar (POLS 481), which is a small class that gives each student the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on an extended research project related to the topic of the course. In addition there are opportunities for scholarships for political science majors.
Prospective Students With Questions Should Contact:
Vince Hernandez ’02, M.Ed.
Senior Academic Advisor II
Emily Kaufman Baumann ’14, M.Ed.
Senior Academic Advisor
Undergraduate Advising Office
Phone: (979) 845-3127
Fax: (979) 847-8924
2024 Allen Building
College Station, Texas 77843-4348