Political Science Department 

Political Scientists seek to bring the systematic inquiry and rigor of scientific methodology to the study of politics. The four major subfields of Political Science are American Government and Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Comparative Government.

Since at least Aristotle Political Scientists have sought to answer the question of what the best form of government is. Today we are still grappling with that question. Some scholars would say that we have already attained it in the form of liberal democracy, while others would argue that the environmental crisis and the problems that gave rise to the "Occupy" and Tea Party movements in 2009 demonstrate that liberal democracy as it currently exists is not up to the challenges of the twenty-first century. Whatever one's views about that the claim that we have arrived at "the end of politics", as a practical matter whether we will reject liberal democracy in favor of something radically different or simply reform it for a new age, as has been done in the past, can only be determined through politics.

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James Madison

"...what is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?"

James Madison


Department Co-Chairs
Professor Kelly Rivera
(909) 274-6263
Professor James Stone
(909) 274-5365