The application period is now open for the Minna Rosenbaum Divers Award. This award is the only political science scholarship chosen via application, and is considered one of the most prestigious in our department. More information on the award and its requirements can be found on our Scholarships page. Applications will be accepted until 4pm on Monday, Feb. 29.

The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-17 academic year. Scholarship descriptions are available on the college's website. Applicants for general college scholarships must apply online using the scholarship application found at the academic scholarships page. The application process will close at 11:59pm on Monday, Feb. 15.

Applications are now being accepted for the Cleveland C. Burton Undergraduate Fellowship in International Studies, which provides $4,000 to defray program fees, tuition, and travel costs associated with study abroad in 2016. Applications are available from Kelly Tucker at, and must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 26.

Areas of Study

American Politics


American Politics examines the structure and dynamics of mass behavior, public opinion and governmental institutions. It further looks at their interrelationships and their role in the political and policy process. Specifically, it studies national government institutions such as the presidency, Congress, the bureaucracy, courts, subnational governments and the federal system. Organizations such as parties, interest groups and social movements are also part of this field. Specific attention is directed to the political behavior of parties, interest groups and social movements and their influence on these institutions and public policy.



Public administration, and especially the Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A.), prepares people who pursue public service careers. These degree programs develop the skills and techniques used by leaders and managers to implement policies, projects, and programs that resolve important societal problems while addressing organizational, human resource, and budgetary challenges. Graduates work in a wide variety of public service fields and in all levels of government (federal, state, local, and regional), in nonprofits, as well as in the international arena, and in the private sector.



Comparative politics focuses on some of the same issues as International Relations, but tends to examine them more within regional contexts. Typically, faculty will focus on Asia, western or eastern Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East.



This area of of study focuses on international affairs, broadly conceived. International relations students examine foreign affairs as well as relations among state and non-state factors in the international system. The discipline draws from economics, law, organizational studies and other fields.