science applies theories, concepts, and methods to the study of
political phenomena. It uses historical, philosophical, and empirical perspectives
to understand political problems and policy issues. Traditionally,
political science splits into four sub-fields: (1) the study of politics
in the United States; (2) the comparative study of
political systems and individual nations around the globe; (3) the study of relations among states and peoples; and (4) the philosophical study of political
ideas. What distinguishes Political Science at Brown
is our exploration of the broad questions about political life in ways that cross
traditional sub-fields. The concentration in Political Science exposes
students to approaches to the study of politics ranging from ancient
Greek philosophy to modern quantitative techniques of policy evaluation, in both domestic and international contexts.
Students in this concentration will:
All concentrators must complete a capstone course in the form of a Senior Seminar in the department. Admission into the Honors course of study is restricted to students who have given evidence of superior work in Political Science. At the completion of 5 semesters, an average of at least 3.6 in graded political science courses is required. Since the application is due prior to the end of the 6th semester, it is understood that you will have completed 8 Political Science courses before the honors seminar starts at the beginning of your 7th semester. Please visit the Political Science website for complete information on the requirements for Honors.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
Political Science has a wide range of applications and provides a useful preparation for a variety of career options. Most graduates have pursued careers in law, government service, business, industry, teaching, communications, and hospital administration.