Welcome to the Department of Political Science at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Political science is a social science that investigates collective decision-making. It is concerned with governments, individuals’ attitudes and choices, and the interactions between governing institutions and mass behavior. Among other things, political science addresses power, authority, influence, identity, ethics, law, liberty, justice, wealth, and violence.
The study of political science introduces students to a powerful set of analytical tools for understanding interactions within and among groups of people. These include systematic knowledge of recurring patterns and problems in political life and methods for collecting and analyzing data and other forms of evidence. Studying political science also cultivates critical thinking and effective communication and prepares students for active citizenship, professional success, and lifelong learning.
At the undergraduate level, the Department of Political Science offers a Bachelor’s in Political Science (BA or BS) with courses in all facets of the discipline: American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Political Methodology, Public Administration and Policy, and Race and Ethnic Politics. The department also participates actively in the University honors program. Honors courses are available in all areas of political science. In addition, students may graduate with honors distinction in political science.
The Department of Political Science offers graduate study leading to the degree of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The PhD in Political Science is appropriate for those who wish to pursue careers as research scholars in institutions of higher education. Students typically choose a Major from among the following sub-fields: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Policy/Public Administration. Students also choose a Minor from among the previously listed fields, plus Methods or Race, Ethnic, and Gender Politics. There are several organized research programs within the department that encourage collaboration and dialogue across these sub-fields.
This website includes a comprehensive description of the requirements, courses, faculty, and program. If you have any questions, please contact us.