Using normative and empirical approaches, we consider ways in which individuals order their lives in community – local, national, and international. The Department of Politics aims to educate students for democracy, for thoughtful and meaningful participation in the political process.
The study of politics is an especially useful means of understanding the forces of globalization – the power relationships responsible for an increasingly integrated world. Politics faculty encourage students to think independently, to tolerate opposing points of view, and to develop an abiding concern for public life in the interest of social justice. As students of politics, our task is to interpret the world – and to change it.