Political science exists at the intersection of history, politics, economics, law, sociology, and theory. In understanding government—its politics, policies, and practices—we become better citizens locally and globally.

At the University of Rochester, we emphasize the scientific underpinnings of political science, including systematic testing, analysis, and theory. With concentrations in political science and international relations in one department, you can study American politics and governmental institutions within the frameworks of global warfare, international trade, and social movements.

Check out the requirements for the BA in political science, BS in political science, BA in international relations, and BA in politics, philosophy, and economics, as well as for minors. In addition, we offer several clusters and certificate programs.

Undergraduate students at Rochester can enhance their studies in political science or international relations through internships, study abroad, and even research. Such opportunities help to build our students' academic portfolios and professional resumes in preparation for their graduate studies or future careers.