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Category = Political Science // Subcategory = Education_Universities
1. MIT Political ScienceTackling the big questions.
Societies in all regions of the world face unprecedented challenges. Globalization and economic uncertainty, immigration, asymmetric security threats, energy dependence and the environment, health care, poverty, and polarization of electorates are among the issues testing our understanding of how human communities function.
In the MIT Department of Political Science, we see in these challenges the opportunity to conduct innovative, high-impact research. We believe that the strongest theoretical models emerge through observations in the field. From voting booths in the U.S. to the villages of Afghanistan to the factory floors of China, our goal is to advance the dialogue of political science by comparing empirical phenomena with scholarly insights into how societies work. In the process, we are developing alternative uses for existing methodologies and inventing new ones.
Here are a few of the issues we are grappling with:
• What factors are most influential in determining a voter's choice of candidate?
• Why do citizens comply with government regulations in non-democratic societies?
• How can great external powers influence the outcomes of civil conflicts?
• How do current survey and polling methodologies skew the resulting data?
• Which industrial policies promote just supply chains, innovation, and job growth?
• What are the organizational patterns of opposition groups in conflict zones?
2. Princeton University - Department of Politics Long considered one of the top departments in the country, we are now one of the largest and most intellectually diverse political science programs in the world. Our faculty includes nearly 60 scholars whose research and interests span the discipline.
Although our Department is one of the University’s largest, we maintain small classes for undergraduates. Courses include basic training as well as high-level engagement with work at the frontiers of political science. Our concentrators work closely with faculty members to write their junior papers and senior theses.
The graduate program, which has entered into an exciting period of expansion, offers state-of-the-art technical training alongside more traditional instruction in the study of politics. We aim to produce scholars who are well-equipped to wrestle with the enduring questions of political life.
Princeton’s rich resources support advanced research. Students and faculty in the department also participate in a wide range of seminars and colloquia, making for a vibrant intellectual community.
3. Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs At the crossroads of scholarship and governance, the School is a major center of education and research in public and international affairs. Our mission is to prepare students for careers in public service, training them to apply well-honed analytic skills and substantive knowledge to the world’s most important policy issues.
Our students are a diverse group of undergraduates and graduates representing different backgrounds and life experiences, yet each enters the School with a demonstrated commitment to public service. The Woodrow Wilson School’s undergraduate program offers a multidisciplinary major in public and international affairs, and the graduate program features a two-year Master in Public Affairs degree (M.P.A.), a one-year Master in Public Policy (M.P.P.) degree for mid-career professionals, and the Ph.D.