Major or Minor in Political Science

Study policy, politics and power

Political science is the study of politics and government on both large and small scales. Political scientists examine critical questions, such as:

  • Why are some governments stable and others unstable?
  • How do individuals and groups gain and maintain power?
  • What factors cause wars or contribute to a peaceful resolution of conflicts?
  • How do public policies affect citizens' lives, and how can citizens affect those policies?
  • How do factors such as race, class, religion, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation affect people’s political attitudes and behavior?

Why Study Political Science at Clark?

As a political science major at Clark University, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how policies, politics and power shape people’s lives — locally, nationally and internationally. By developing your critical thinking, communication and research skills, and getting involved in the world outside the classroom, you can take the lead and effect change.

  • Study with faculty experts in foreign policy and international relations; the politics of the United States, Asia, Latin America, Russia, and the Middle East; civil liberties; human rights; political theory; war and conflict; elections; globalization; domestic and international security; environmental and food politics; and more.
  • Explore three subfields of political science — American politics and public policy, comparative politics, and international relations — and choose one to examine in depth.
  • Pursue meaningful experiences outside the classroom that let you apply your knowledge of political science, such as Clark’s award-winning Model United Nations Program.
  • Take advantage of our Pre-Law Advising program and join our highly successful Mock Trial team.