Why Study Political Science?

How do societies balance the objectives of order, freedom and equality? What are the causes of conflict in today's world and how are these conflicts resolved? How are scarce resources allocated? What is power and how is it used inside countries and internationally?

These are just some of the important and challenging questions addressed by the field of political science. Like other social science disciplines, political science focuses on decision-making, using tools ranging from quantitative analysis to political philosophy to investigate how and why collective decisions are made. Students in political science engage with complex topics such as law, diplomacy, elections, race, human rights, war, values, identity, security, justice, economy, the environment, gender, and political behavior.

A degree in political science leads to a wide range of rewarding careers. Employers value people who can adapt and solve problems, who have excellent written and oral communication skills, who are able to understand and use quantitative data, and who can think critically and creatively. Classes in political science stress the development and exercise of exactly these kinds of skills.