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Aristotle characterized politics as the queen of the sciences. Political science is, in one sense, an ancient discipline and, in another sense, one of the most recently developed social sciences. The origins of the study of politics reach back to the beginnings of human society, for people have always made observations about the nature of their government. It is also true that political science, as it is taught today, is a very new discipline as current scholars have attempted to move from observations about politics to scientific observations about politics. Political science, in the broadest sense, is the study of governments, governing procedures and political processes. The political science faculty encourage their students to make connections between the theoretical study of government/politics and how government affects their lives in contemporary times.
Students in political science may seek careers in government, teaching, or private industry. The political science major serves as excellent preparation for law school or other academic pursuits such as graduate study. It provides preprofessional training for governmental or public sector positions involving policy-making or administration. Representative employers are government agencies at the national, state or local levels, corporations and research institutions.
This major is under the College of Arts and Sciences