is a process by which groups of people make decisions.The term is
generally applied to behavior within civilgovernments,but politics has been observed in
all human group interactions, includingcorporate, academicandreligiousinstitutions. It
consists of "social relations involving authority or power"
and refers to the regulation of a political unit,
and to the methods and tactics used to formulate and apply policy.
The word "Politics" comes from the Greek word πολ
κος "Politikos" describes anything concerning the state or city affairs.In Latin, this was "politicus" and in French "politique".
is the field devoted to studying political behavior and examining theacquisition and application of power ,or the ability to impose one's will on another. Its
practitioners are known as political scientists. Political scientists look at elections, public
opinion, institutional activities (howlegislaturesact, the relative importance of various
sources of political power), the ideologies behind various politicians and interest groups,
how politicians achieve and wield their influence, and so on.Subfields of political science includeinternational relations, comparative politics, public
law, and political theory. Each subfield tends to overlap with other academic disciplines,
such ashistory, philosophy,law,sociology, andanthropology.
Requirements for Political Science Major Bachelor of Arts Degree
Upon completion of the Political Science program, students willbe able to demonstrate the ability to:1. Display familiarity with the basic concepts of governmentand politics.2. Show a general knowledge of the structure and functionsof all levels of government.3. Explain the philosophical underpinnings of various formsof government, as well as an ability to understandrelations among states.4. View and evaluate the output of the current Americanpolitical process through a conscious paradigm.5. Employ a variety of tools to participate at all levels inAmerican politics as opposed to remaining passive observers.