Political Science

teacher and students in classroom

Students who gravitate toward political science are fascinated by current events. They want to know everything there is to know about how laws get made, how the governments of different nations compare, and how public policy impacts the nation and the world.

In Emory's Department of Political Science, we divide the study into four major fields:

  • Political theory
  • American government and politics
  • Comparative government politics
  • International politics

Example of Major Classes

Special Programs in Political Science

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StudyAway Programs

Emory’s Department of Political Science offers opportunities for you to advance your studies both domestically and abroad through our summer program in Berlin and semester programs at Bard College in New York City and at American University in Washington, D.C.

I work a lot with students in public policy. It's interesting when they focus on current events, like cybercrime and hacking, the far-right movement in Europe, developments in terrorism, or the DREAM Act, because there's not a lot of published research. They have to apply theories to current events, and that's a big challenge.

Chris Palazzolo
Woodruff Library subject librarian for social sciences, French, government, and international documents