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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.

 

Undergraduates

Why major in Political Science? Our students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a wide range of public, private, and non-profit sector professions. 
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Graduates

Why Pursue a Master's or Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Utah? Our students gain a versatile set of skills that can be applied in a wide range of exciting careers.
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  • barbara kufiadanMartin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Promised Land’ still a dream for black University of Utah students

    Barbara Kufiadan, political science major, added her voice to that of other U students in a recent article from The Salt Lake Tribune. “I don’t feel like we’ve come that far,” she said. “We’re still fighting systematic oppression that keeps black people down.”

  • hakan yavuzGhost is There

    On July 15, 2016, a faction of the Turkish military attempted to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Hakan Yavuz, professor of political science said, "In Turkey, the Gulen movement as a structure is more or less finished, but the soul, the spirit of the moment is still alive."

  • u.s. capitolCongress is old. Does it matter?

    Everyone knows elected members of Congress are generally older than most other Americans, but it may surprise some to hear just how old.

  • olympic ringsCan Olympic Games help thaw Korean tensions? The bigger question is what comes after

    Matthew Burbank, associate professor of political science, has spent much of his time devoted to studying urban policy with an emphasis on the Olympics. He believes South Korea viewed these Olympics as another chance to host the world, like it did with the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

Last Updated: 8/6/18