Welcome to the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University. Our faculty and students examine the most pressing and enduring puzzles of politics and policy at the local, national, and global levels. With research expertise and a passion for teaching in all of the major fields of the discipline—American Government, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Administration & Policy—the Department offers innovative and comprehensive programs leading to the BA, MA, and PhD degrees. Our strategic mission is to prepare students to be critical thinkers, creative problem solvers and responsible citizens, and our programs emphasize both classroom instruction and distinctive opportunities to observe and participate in the political process. As a research department in a research university, we also recognize that a program becomes great only when it contributes significantly to the advancement of knowledge and when it becomes a recognized source of advanced knowledge that can be used widely for the betterment of life. Located in the heart of Atlanta, just blocks away from the center of government for the Southeast and the State of Georgia and benefiting from the business, communication, and transportation advantages of a major international city, Georgia State University is the place to study politics and advance knowledge in the 21st century.