The Political Science major provides students with an understanding of the political process in the United States by emphasizing constitutional principles, the interrelationship of national, state, and local governments, while also examining other political systems from a comparative perspective. The role of the individual in relation to the exercise of political power is examined with special attention to the role of coalition building. Thus, students become aware of how to analyze and evaluate the ways in which individuals may make government more meaningful to themselves and to the masses of people comprising the bulk of the world's societies.
The Political Science major prepares students for graduate school, law school, numerous civil service occupations, and appointed positions with local, state, and national government. It also provides practical insights on how to seek elective office as a candidate or to serve as a campaign staff person.