Our courses explore a wide range of issues about politics including:

  • the concepts and norms central to power and politics (e.g., authority, domination, gender, freedom);

  • the structure and operations of law and institutions (e.g., the U.S. Supreme Court, United Nations, non-citizen organizations);

  • the influence of politics on economics and vice versa;

  • the historical, sociological and cultural factors involved in political development; social movements and processes (e.g., revolution, women's movements, immigration);

  • comparative political systems (e.g., democracy, communism); political trends and transformations in various regions (e.g. Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Latin America);

  • interactions among countries, international organizations, ngos, and other non-state actors in the global system;

  • and analyses of current affairs in the many realms and contexts in which politics take place.

Our curriculum is specifically designed to achieve several goals:

  • Provide majors with a broad background in the discipline of political science through the study of the four subfields that comprise it: American politics and law, comparative politics, international relations and political theory.

  • Help students develop the capacity to think critically about themselves and local, national, and global politics.

  • Train students to become informed and reflective citizens of their countries, as well as knowledgeable about the global dynamics that influence the shape and content of political life.

  • Facilitate the acquisition of particular skills and tools, including the ability to read complex texts closely; write clearly and well; think critically and analytically; generate and test hypotheses; and take and defend a position against the strongest counterarguments.