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Prospective Majors

Political Science Requirements

Political science is the systematic study of governmental and political structures, processes, and policies. This study uses institutional, quantitative, and philosophical approaches. The field is highly diverse, and includes five primary subfields:

  • Political Theory 
  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics 
  • World Politics
  • Research Methods

Political scientists concentrate on public opinion and voting, organized political behavior, governmental institutions, studies of single countries, comparisons across countries and relations among countries. 

As a political science undergraduate at Michigan, you will be encouraged to expand your perspective through supplemental programs and activities such as: 

  • Internships
  • Independent study
  • Research opportunities
  • Senior seminar
  • Political science clubs and student organizations

Qualified students who wish to tackle a rigorous course of study and complete a thesis can apply for the Honors Program.

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