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PSCI Courses:

Major Sub Fields

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022

Student Curricular Plan for PSCI Major:

Please download and complete your Curricular-plan-form-Class-of-2023, and then upload your completed form here.

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Chair’s Statement on Protests, COVID-19, and New Department Initiatives

Willingham Fellowship Information and Application

Class of 1960s Scholars Application

Political science is above all the study of power: how it is created, exercised, justified, and challenged.

As a social science, political science focuses on group power, the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of collective decision-making. Hence it leads us to consider the ethics of power, which in turn involves conceptions of community, identity, justice and citizenship. Under the banner of political science we gather the study of democracy, war, law, rights, wealth, and authority, as well as the institutions that shape and secure them.

Power may be used wisely or foolishly, rightly or cruelly, but it is always there. The contests over power and the values that should animate it give politics its drama and pathos. Naturally, then, the effort to understand politics aims not only to describe and explain, but also to improve collective life. To this end, the Political Science Department strives to cultivate in its students the habits and skills of clear thought, rigorous analysis, and effective argumentation in writing and speech.