Political Science

A sound understanding of data has become indispensable to the study of politics. Survey researchers use data to understand what kinds of advertisements persuade people to vote for one candidate over another. Political psychologists use data to understand how a someone’s upbringing influences their opinions, motivations, and sense of self. Political economists use data to advise leaders on what a country’s trade policy should be and whether interest rates should go up or down. International relations scholars use data to understand what actions place a country in peril of economic isolation, sanction, or war. The Political Science Department offers an array of courses that prepare students to collect the information they need to address important political questions, to make valid comparisons, and to communicate insights to policymakers and the general public.

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Courses

These courses have been identified as relevant to Data Science and will allow you to practice skills learned in the minor for your course of study. These courses cannot be used as electives for the Data Science minor.


This course is for students selected as Undergraduate Learning Assistants (ULAs) for political science courses during the semester they serve as ULAs. This course will provide support and structure to make them effective in their role, including training in pedagogy and University policies; ongoing mentorship and supervision; and opportunities for reflection, assessment, and evaluation. May not count toward the political science major. Permission of the instructor. ULAs are commonly used in POLI 281 (Data in Politics I: An Introduction).


This Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) introduces students to the practice of quantitative research on peace, conflict, and conflict resolution. Students work in teams to develop original research projects that answer policy-relevant questions in the field of peace science. Prerequisite, POLI 150.


Analysis of the structure and functions of judicial systems emphasizing the organization, administration, and politics of judicial bureaucracies and roles of judges, juries, counsel, litigants, and interested groups in adjudication processes.

Research Opportunities

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Tracks, Concentrations, and Certificates

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