The political science program provides students with an understanding of the fundamental concepts, theories and empirical information relevant to the political systems and societies of the United States and other nations. Students learn how politics and government work and how they affect the world in which we live.

A student receiving a degree in this field will be able to:

  • Define "politics" and its influence on individuals within society and society as a whole, demonstrating awareness of the context or opportunities for individual or group participation and efficacy in politics
  • Recognize, describe and analyze the significant and usually direct influence of social, economic and cultural factors on political behavior and beliefs
  • Define and distinguish between human rights, civil liberties and civil rights
  • Identify and employ the pertinent vocabulary of political discourse and political science
  • Recognize, describe and analyze liberal democracy in comparison to non-democratic forms of government
  • Recognize and distinguish between the various forms of democracy, as well as between different types of non-democratic governments, movements and ideologies
  • Identify and describe the major political institutions found in both the United States and other nations in the world

Please see the College Catalog for information and requirements.

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Faculty Chair: Julie Davis-McKee
Office:SSA 332