Political science is the study of politics and government on both a large and small scale. Political scientists examine crucial 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?
As a Political Science major at Clark University, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how policies, politics and power – locally, nationally and internationally – shape people’s lives. 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.