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

 

Dr. David Cohen

Dr. David Cohen

Research Spotlight: Political Science

White House Chiefs of Staff: Make or Break the Presidency?

Professor Dave Cohen has been studying White House organization and staffing, and the White House chief of staff position in particular, since his doctoral student days at the University of South Carolina. He is driven by the question: what makes some chiefs of staff successful while others fail? The implications of the question are great: successful chiefs of staff have a positive influence on a president and his administration; those that fail, harm the president and the administration they serve. Learn More


How to Write a Paper for Political Science

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