Political Science deals with the making of binding decisions for a society. The discipline examines public policy making not only in the United States, but throughout the world and in the international arena as well. Political theories, both past and present, inform the decision-making of participants in this process and are therefore part of the subject matter of political science.
The study of political science involves reading and interpreting texts, gathering and weighing evidence, interpreting political events, evaluating theories about politics, and analyzing public policies. By engaging in these activities, students learn the fundamentals of scholarship, develop a concept of what it means to be a citizen of a representative democracy, and become familiar with the traditions of liberal education.
The Department offers its congratulations to our thirty May 2012 graduates, as well as seven December 2011 graduates and three anticipated August 2012 graduates–40 students in all.
Our graduates this year included several members of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi and thirteen members of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.
We look forward to meeting the members of the incoming Class of 2016.