What is Political Science?

Political science is the study of human behavior as it relates to governments, public policy, and campaigns and elections.  The discipline can be broken down into several subfields including, but not limited to: 

  • American Politics

  • International Relations

  • Public Law

  • Applied Politics

  • Criminal Justice

  • Public Policy

  • Comparative Politics

  • Political Theory

  • Security Studies


Research Spotlight: Political Science

Dr. Nancy Marion Releases Presidential Assassination Book

UA's Professor of Political Science and Ray C. Bliss Institute Fellow, Nancy Marion, co-authored this exciting text which is the first to investigate every presidential assassination, attempt, and rumor in U.S. History.  This is Dr. Marion's eleventh book release. Learn More

How to Write a Paper for Political Science

Click here to see our Department of Political Science faculty recommendations on writing research papers.

Click here for guidelines on writing Honor Essay Project papers.