Areas of study include American government and politics, constitutional law, political theory, public administration, international relations and comparative politics. Study also focuses on how public policies are developed at the federal, state and metropolitan levels. Political philosophy and American political classics are studied and taught in their original forms as expressions of the liberal arts of free citizenship.
Students in the department also study the nature of various governments found in the world today, as well as the economic, historical, cultural and ethical factors which are at the base of conflicts in international relations. Political science majors typically take advantage of internship and off-campus study opportunities in Lansing, Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago and other cities in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Students interested in American politics, foreign policy and public law are especially encouraged to take a junior-year internship with either the Washington Semester Program at The American University or The Washington Center.