The Department of Political Science at the University of Utah
Political science studies the world of politics and government. Political scientists study the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship, the uses and abuses of power, relations between nations, and many other important topics. Political science is a broad area of study that provides excellent preparation for a variety of career paths in business, government, and the non-profit sector.
A New Area of Emphasis: Community Involvement and Nonprofit Leadership
Political Science has a new area of emphasis in Community Involvement and Nonprofit Leadership. This emphasis fits with both the department of political science and the University of Utah's mission of fostering student engagement with the community and educating students to be prepared for careers in the nonprofit and public service sectors.
Courses Spotlight: Spring 2017
POLS 3020 NEIGHBORHOOD DEMOCRACY
TH/10:45 AM-12:05 PM
This course aims to educate students in the study of normative democratic theory and the practice in local processes of democracy.
POLS 3190 RACIAL/ETHNIC POLITICS
Role of Blacks, Latinos, American Indians, and Asian Pacific Americans in American politics. Topics include constitutional status, citizenship, equality, identity, adaptation, suffrage, participation, representation, coalition, and conflict.
Professor Claudio Holzner discusses his research on the civic and political ties undocumented immigrants have to their communities and the real-life impact that Trump's new stricter enforcement guidelines will have on immigrant communities.
Assistant professor James Curry explains how executive orders can be challenged.
Professor Howard Lehman discusses how Trump's presidency may weaken the United States in terms of global relations.
Professors Brent J. Steele and Peri Schwartz-Shea have each been published in the latest issue of one of the leading journals of the American Political Science Association: PS: Political Science & Politics.