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Political Science

Political Science scholars integrate research methods—from case studies to GIS mapping systems—across the humanities and sciences to examine political institutions and behaviors.

When is humanitarian intervention justified? What motivates foreign aid policies? Do people have ethical and moral obligations to think about what they purchase and consume? Does democracy work?

These are some of the questions Stanford political science students and faculty grapple with as they push beyond punditry and headlines to understand the complex political systems of our globalized world.

With its range of specialized faculty and collaborations across campus, the department is a leading center for the study of American and comparative politics, international relations, and the theory and philosophy of politics.

Grounded in a strong empirical and analytical foundation, PoliSci scholars not only examine the world as it is but also explore and consider solutions to its multifaceted issues. Whether they move on to become lawyers or teachers, politicians or nonprofit leaders, political science graduates are prepared to be informed and engaged global citizens.

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