Political Science is the study of governments and the governing procedures in individual countries and in international bodies such as the United Nations. Irrespective of the unit of government political science deals with, it is primarily concerned with "the authoritative allocation of values" - namely, how individuals and groups go about obtaining the most of what they cherish and value.
Political scientists study how governments are structured, how governments make decisions, as well as the content of those decisions, and how governments solve societal conflicts, and what conditions are most conducive to the orderly process of government. Specifically, political scientists study such phenomena as political parties and voting behavior, public opinion, interest groups, bureaucracies and administrative procedures, national security and international organization, executive politics and legislative behavior, courts and the administration of justice, intergovernmental relations, political personality, mass movements, revolution, ideologies, political philosophy, community organization and urban politics, and the expanding field of policy studies.
The proximity of Georgia State University to city, county, state, and federal courts, City Hall, state office buildings, and the Capitol, and a large number of federal offices provides unique opportunities for students to observe firsthand the functioning of government at many levels and to participate in certain phases of government. Qualified students may secure legislative, administrative, or executive internships with local, state, and federal government agencies.
Upon declaring a major in politcal science with the Office of Academic Assistance in the College of Arts and Science (4th floor - GCB), students should seek regular advisement from the faculty and staff of the Department. Students may come directly to the Department and be advised by a faculty member, if one is available for advising at that time. Students may also make an apppointment with a particular faculty member or be advised by any faculty member during his or her office hours.
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If you wish to make an appointment, please call or e-mail the faculty member directly. If students specialize in a particular area (e.g. international affairs), then they will normally be advised by a faculty member in that area.