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Welcome to 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

community engagement photoPolitical 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



TH 10:45 AM-12:05 PM
Robert Griffiths
This course introduces the politics of contemporary China, explaining the nature of Chinese governance and the implications for China's role in the world.



  • Racial Tension in the ElecitonRacial Tension in the Election

    Political science associate professor Edmund Fong speaks with Good4Utah on the racially charged rhetoric that has been central through this election cycle.

  • Lina Svedin on Brexit Implications for Utah BusinessLina Svedin on Brexit Implications for Utah Business

    Associate professor of political science Lina Svedin participated in a panel presentation and discussion at the World Trade Center Utah for the Utah business community on August 2nd. The topic was “Implications of ‘Brexit’ for Utah businesses”.

  • 2016 Faculty Awards2016 Faculty Awards

    Find out more about our amazing faculty and the awards they've recently received!

  • Trump and HubrisTrump and Hubris

    Poli-sci chair Mark Button discusses the connection between the recent political ascendency of Donald Trump and ancient Greece.

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Last Updated: 7/28/16