The Political Science Department curriculum spans five subfields:
American Politics: Examines national institutions of government such as the Presidency and Congress, as well as institutions intended to link the government to the people, including the electoral system, political parties, interest groups, and social movements. We also offer courses on urban politics and policy and classes that explore the significance of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation in American society and politics.
Comparative Politics: Compares and evaluates political systems throughout the world with particular regional concentrations in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Additional courses analyze comparative political economy, cultural pluralism, constitutionalism, revolutions and civil wars, reconciliation and peace-building, transitional justice, and democratization.
International Politics: Studies relationships between and among various nations and other international actors. Courses assess the causes of war and how conflicts are resolved, terrorism and counterterrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, interstate cooperation, and foreign policy.
Global Governance: An emerging subfield within political science that examines the phenomenon of globalization and its consequences while evaluating global governance arrangements. Courses cover international political economy, global civil society, politics, markets, and capitalism, and democracy and global governance.
Political Theory: Invites students to wrestle with the most fundamental and enduring questions of political life by scrutinizing the meaning and application of pivotal concepts associated with justice, equality, liberty, power, authority, and order. Courses include democratic theory, American political thought, feminist theory, and politics and culture.
For additional curricular opportunities, we encourage interested students to consider course offerings of the Political Science Departments of Bryn Mawr College and Swarthmore College.