Discover Political Science
Politics and government have always been a fundamental part of human society. Political Science seeks to understand, to explain, and - sometimes - to evaluate how people engage in politics and government. To do so, political scientists study some of the most important and interesting questions you can imagine: what happens in and around government and politics, how humans cooperate with one another to address common problems and how they fight against one another when their interests collide, why some nations succeed and others fail.
Political scientists study voting and revolutions, the Supreme Court and the United Nations, the idea of justice and the nature of power, government and politics in India and in San Francisco, environmental policy, criminal law and gender roles - all in the pursuit of clearer knowledge about how people interact in the public sphere.
Students majoring in Political Science at Pacific gain a well-grounded liberal arts education that focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the public realities of their world and to live their lives as empowered citizens. They look in depth at the fundamental concepts and values that underlie politics and government, examine the social and political structures and processes through which such decisions are shaped and carried out, learn how to analyze complex organizational and legal phenomena, and survey the myriad ways different societies have devised to deal with the fundamental challenges of government and politics.
Pacific Political Science students also become familiar with the contributions closely-related social sciences, such as economics, history, anthropology, psychology and the like. In acquiring this knowledge, Pacific Political science majors are challenged to extend their analytical and research skills, polish their talents for written and oral communication, sharpen their abilities for rigorous and independent judgment, and prepare themselves for professional success in their chosen fields.
Many Pacific Political Science students find that an education in political science is an excellent foundation for careers in law, government, and public policy, while others pursue careers in fields including education, marketing and technology. All of our students, however, go forward in life as well-rounded, thoughtful, dedicated citizens intent on making an impact in the world.