The undergraduate program in the Political Science at Temple University is designed to give students and broad education in the study of politics. The curriculum introduces students to the diverse theoretical and methodological approaches that we use to study politics, sharpens analytical thinking, and challenges students to evaluate critically the rights and responsibilities of citizens living in a democracy.
The discipline of political science is broken down into four distinct subfields:
- American Politics focuses on the study of the American political system, including institutions (e.g., Legislative, Executive, Courts, and Bureaucracy) and mass political behavior (e.g., elections, public opinion, and the media).
- Comparative Politics focuses on the study of governments outside of the United States, with an eye to comparing how different political systems affect political outcomes. Topics include the study of political and economic institutions as well as mass political behavior across different contexts.
- International Relations studies how nation states interact in the global system. Topics include the study of international conflict and the role that international institutions play in shaping the behavior of nation states.
- Political Theory is concerned with theoretically evaluating how individuals behave and ought to behave in a collective polity. Political theorists bring precision to fundamental, yet contested, key political concepts, such as freedom, equality, democracy, and justice.
The Political Science Department consists of faculty who conduct research in these areas and office classes that relate to their research specialties.