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Department of Political Science

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Why study political science?

Because political science advances our understanding of politics, power, governance, and public policy in the United States and across the globe.

Undergraduate Programs

Course work is for students studying contemporary political processes as part of their general education, for students majoring in allied social sciences, for students planning to enter professions such as law and teaching, and for majors in political science.

Courses for Nonmajors

Any of the 3 introductory courses apply to College social sciences principal course requirements. Several political science courses qualify as non-Western culture courses.

Public Affairs Internship Program

The department supervises integrated internships for majors who are second-semester juniors or seniors. They are offered during the spring semester in Topeka and Washington, D.C. Programs consist of up to 12 hours in political science—an internship, participation in an intern seminar, and directed readings. Students serve as interns in Topeka or Washington at least 4 days each week and attend weekly seminars. Students also may enroll in a directed readings course with a faculty member on campus. Readings provide a theoretical and analytical study program related to the internship and the seminar. Contact the department early in the fall semester.

Why study political science?

Because political science advances our understanding of politics, power, governance, and public policy in the United States and across the globe.

Graduate Programs

The department offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees for students interested in academic work in political science leading to teaching and research careers. Political science graduates also have found careers in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Ph.D. students can pursue concentrations in U.S. politics, comparative
politics, international relations, political theory, and public policy.

Fields of Graduate Study

For graduate study, courses in the department are divided into the following fields:

  • U.S. political institutions and processes
  • Comparative politics
  • International relations
  • Public policy
  • Political philosophy and empirical theory

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