Major or Minor in Political Science


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.