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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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Courses Spotlight: Fall 2017

POLS 5810 RISE AND DECLINE OF THE GREAT POWERS
TH/02:00PM-03:20PM
Steve Lobell
This seminar explores the topic of the rise and decline of great powers and aspiring powers in the international system. Is the international system more stable when there is a single great power (i.e., a hegemon) or when there is a balance of power?


POLS 3030 STATE/LOCAL GOVERNMENT
T/06:00PM-09:00PM
Heidi H Franco
Politics, structure and activities of state and local governments, intergovernmental relations, legal and theoretical concerns, political processes, and administrative issues.

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    Congratulations to political science assistant professor Jesus Valero and team who were awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

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    Check out this report by David Carter (Political Science) and two undergraduate students in Environmental and Sustainability Studies!

  • Frustrated Utah Republicans, Democrats Form New Centrist Political PartyFrustrated Utah Republicans, Democrats Form New Centrist Political Party

    The new United Utah Party is meant to be a home to those in the center of the political spectrum who are frustrated with the polarity of the current two-party system. Political science associate professor Tim Chambless says that the party could catch on if it proves to have staying power after the 2018 election.

  • Salt Lake County is Becoming Less MormonSalt Lake County is Becoming Less Mormon

    Morgan Lyon Cotti, associate director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and adjunct assistant professor of political science, weighs in on the changing demographics of the LDS church in Utah.

Last Updated: 10/6/17