Studying political life is a fascinating - and vital - part of the liberal arts. Political Science examines how humans organize their societies and make collective choices. It focuses on the behavior of individuals (both leaders and ordinary people), social groups, and the institutions that humans use to make and carry out public policy decisions. Political science examines not just "the government," but the whole process of governing.
Political scientists analyze political institutions, processes, and policies from three perspectives. Empirical studies of politics focus on what "is" - describing and explaining politics as we find it, and using scientific methodology. Normative studies evaluate the character of political institutions, policies, practices, and values by asking fundamental and controversial questions about what political life should be. Analytical studies focus on the feasibility of various courses of actions in politics and policy - on what "can" be done in political life.
The field of International Relations focuses on the analysis and comparison of other social and economic systems, governments, and cultures including on the global level. It draws upon the material of several fields to provide students with an understanding of the interaction and interdependence of major social, economic, and political institutions and issues in the international arena including war and peace. At Creighton, international relations begins with a core of courses in political science, including the study of methodology, to provide a common foundation for the program and permits students to develop some depth in a topical or geographical area.
Each of us is affected by political decisions and most of us will play public political roles during our lives. For this reason, politics has always been studied in one way or another as part of a liberal arts education. We suggest a major in political science for persons especially interested in the ?hows? and ?whys? or politics, or for those who plan a career touching upon public affairs in areas such as law, journalism, business, public administration, political management, or community service. The international relations major is the major of choice for those interested in global or regional politics or politics of other countries. It is best suited for a career in Foreign Service, foreign policy think-tanks, journalism, international business, international law, the military, or the intelligence community.
Creighton?s curriculum in political science and international relations is designed to help students broaden and deepen their understanding of the political world. Faculty members assist and instruct students on how to sharpen their thoughts, to ask better questions, and to improve their skill in researching and finding answers to their questions.
Political Science and International Relations students develop their abilities in both written and oral communication, and acquire a solid background in the research process (including an introduction to the use of computers in social science research). Excellent opportunities exist for students to apply and integrate what they have learned in internship settings.