The study of politics emphasizes several challenging and critical issues:
- the exercise of power in formal governmental institutions and in non-governmental institutions, from interest groups to human rights organizations to corporate board rooms
- political systems, their historical context, and the social and economic systems with which they interact
- the ideas of the great political thinkers, and how those ideas might apply in contemporary practice
- how public policy gets formulated, legislated, implemented, and evaluated and how democratic and accessible is the process.
- comparing the U.S. political system to those elsewhere in the world, in nations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East
- the politics of nations and international relations, and the transnational relations increasingly practiced by peoples, organizations, and local institutions across national boundaries
Students can also enroll in one of our special programs, leading to a Minor in Legal Studies, Criminal Justice Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, or the Public Service Certificate and Public Service Honors Minor offered through the McCarthy Center.