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.




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NEW! Spring 2016 Courses

POLS 3026 Civic Engagement

M/W 8:35-9:25 AM*
Dr. Charlene Orchard
Explore explore different practical approached to political issues, including community organizing, individual lifestyle choices, pursuing changes in public policy, artistic expression, or mobilizing the electorate.
Satisfies (CEL) requirement

*This is a Hybrid course, which uses a mixture of online, face-to-face, and technology enhanced instruction. You will need reliable computer access. This class will meet face-to-face on Mondays and Wednesdays but online on Fridays.

POLS 3777 Politics and Film

T 6:00-9:00 PM
Dr. Steven Johnston
Explore important contemporary political themes through the medium of film.

*This is a FLXU course.

POLS 5540 Nonprofit Advocacy

M/W 8:05-9:25 AM
Dr. Nora Wood
Build understanding of the role of nonprofit organizations in the public policy process.

POLS 5810 Democratic Activism and Social Change

TH 12:25-1:45 PM
Dr. Steven Johnston
This is a writing-emphasis research course and will require completion of major research paper.
Satisfies (CW) requirement


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