Welcome to Department of Political Science

The political science program focuses on the development of strong technical skills and an advanced understanding of political behavior and its consequences for citizens, leaders and political groups. The program's core courses permit students to explore a wide range of issues, methodological approaches and ideological perspectives. Required coursework prepares majors for professional careers that will demand effective critical thinking, logical and quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and public speaking. Plentiful electives guide students in the development of multiple areas of specialization as they study political institutions and behaviors in the United States, politics in foreign countries and power relations among nations. The department provides many opportunities to gain practical experience outside the classroom. Majors may fulfill a portion of their requirements while studying abroad or completing internships with campaigns, interest groups or political officials. Program graduates leave HPU ready to make an immediate professional impact; our recent alumni have launched successful careers in a wide range of fields, including public service, law, business, journalism, education, public interest advocacy, strategic communications and political campaigning. The major's curriculum also prepares students who wish to further their education beyond the undergraduate level, and a large portion of our alumni go into graduate and professional programs.

The interdisciplinary major in International Relations (INR) prepares students for professional careers and programs of graduate study that require a deep and nuanced understanding of the cultural, economic and political forces that shape relations among different social systems, nations and regions. The program combines the resources and unique perspectives of four distinct disciplines--economics, foreign languages, history and political science. Required coursework provides majors with a strong foundation in a foreign language, quantitative reasoning and the application of diverse methodologies and perspectives to understand interactions among different societies. Students choose from a broad range of electives to develop one or more areas of substantive or regional expertise that reflect their primary areas of interest and their expected career path. INR majors are encouraged strongly to complement their coursework with practical, hands- on learning experiences; thus, a portion of their requirements are fulfilled by conducting original research, studying abroad or completing internships with international organizations, institutions or agencies. The major provides a strong academic foundation for students who desire to pursue graduate-level studies in law, business, foreign relations, international security, international development, economics, history or political science.