The Political Science Department at Temple offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to understand politics and policy in the United States and abroad. Our faculty have expertise in a variety of fields, from American Politics to Political Theory, to Political Economy. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
“Political science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems,and political behavior. Political science subfields include political theory, political economy, policy studies, comparative politics,international relations, and a host of related fields. Political scientists use both humanistic and scientific perspectives and toolsand a variety of methodological approaches to examine the process, systems, and political dynamics of all countries and regions of the world.”From the American Political Science Association, www.apsanet.org. (For a good cross section of the areas of study in Political Science, visit the APSA website and look up their list of “Organized Sections”.)
You should study political science if you are interested in American politics, politics in other countries, international affairs, and important issues like health care, the environment and civil rights. You should consider majoring in political science also if you enjoy reading about the “big questions” and theories in politics concerning the ideal government and how power and resources should be allocated in society.
Political science also offers students preparation that can help them in a wide range of endeavors. Some of our students move on to law school and graduate studies seek employment in government, political groups and campaigns, the mass media, non-profit organizations and business. We teach our students how to think, write, read and speak in ways that they can apply to a variety of careers and that will help them become more interested, engaged and capable citizens.
The faculty comes from top flight graduate schools, are nationally recognized in their fields, and continue to research and publish while teaching introductory and advanced courses. They bring the cutting edge of research into the classroom. Most emphasize a historical/institutional perspective on politics.
After graduation, students pursue a wide range of careers in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. In addition, some students go to graduate school and law school. Our top students are highly competitive and do very well.
To learn more about Political Science, please visit the American Political Science Association’s website.
For information on graduate admissions, visit the graduate school website.