Political Science Program
Political Science is the study of the way power is distributed and
conflict is resolved within a society, whether global or local.
Political Science courses are specifically designed to introduce
students to the complex structures and processes of human
interaction that affect our daily lives. Political Science students
may learn about the institutions and processes of American
government and the principles underlying them. Political Science
students also may study the way nation-states act with one another
on the world stage or compare and contrast the politics of these
nations. In this way, Political Science students become better
prepared to analyze current political events and issues.
Economics is the study of how a society chooses to use its limited
resources to produce, exchange, and consume goods and services. The
study is divided into two broad areas-- macroeconomics and
microeconomics. Macroeconomics deals with broad, economy-wide issues
such as economic growth, inflation, unemployment, and depression.
Microeconomics focuses on choices and behavior of individual
participants in the economy--producers, consumers, workers,
employers, households, and non-profits. Issues such as the proper
role of government, economic efficiency, allocative efficiency,
externalities, monopoly power, and inequality in the distribution of
income and wealth are addressed in microeconomics.
"The ideas of economists and political
philosophers are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed,
the world is ruled by little else."
- John Maynard Keynes, 1936