Political science is the study of governments and political behavior, procedures and policies. Political science has many facets. Political scientists are interested in the various styles and the preconditions for effective decisions, the growth and evolution of governments, and the kinds of problems that all societies face. Political scientists also study people and their relationship to authority. They study how individuals think and act politically, values and positions on issues.
Political science should help any student develop reasoning and analytical skills and build competence in oral and written communication. Political scientists usually study the following broad topics through specific subfields:
(Adapted from: Careers and the Study of Political Science, 5th edition, 1992)