Welcome to the Department of Political Science! Our mission is to enable you to understand politics in the United States, in other countries, and among nations. Our students gain substantive knowledge of American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory, while learning to read critically and analytically, evaluate qualitative and quantitative social science data, construct and present evidence-based arguments, and become discriminating consumers of political news and information. We seek to satisfy and stimulate your curiosity with a rigorous education in political science. Our graduates become capable analysts of politics who use their political science training in their work and as engaged citizens.