BS Political Science, International Relations and Comparative Politics
International politics studies the political interactions and relationships among two or more transnational actors on the global stage, and the structure and context of the current globalized international system within which these interactions and relationships occur. Historically, states have been the dominant transnational actors in the world, but in the twenty-first century these actors increasingly include non-state entities such as international governmental organizations, international non-governmental organizations, multi-national corporations, and transnational religious, ethnic, ideological, social, professional or criminal groups and movements.
Comparative politics analyzes through comparison political systems around the world by focusing on key political issues such as democracy, political economy, social movements, party systems and political culture. This field of study within political science offers courses that are thematic (such as Politics of the Developing Countries) or based on area studies (such as European Politics). Comparative politics broadens students’ knowledge and understanding of an increasingly globalized world and helps place the American political experience in comparative perspective.