What is the difference between Political Science and IAPA?
There is some overlap between Political Science and IAPA courses, but the two concentrations have different emphases. IAPA takes a multidisciplinary perspective on global and domestic challenges. In contrast, Political Science studies how people participate in political life, both at home and around the world. We ask big questions: how do power, politics and governance work in an age of social media and hyperpolarization? Why do groups—including nations, regions, cities, and interest groups—cooperate (or fail to cooperate) on collective problems like climate change? Under what conditions do democracies erode? We also ask foundational questions: What is justice? Is there a tension between capitalism and democracy? What are the institutional rules of the game—and how might the rules get changed to promote liberty and equality for all? These questions lie at the heart of many of today’s public challenges. Political Science concentrators have the opportunity to interact with a permanent faculty of renowned scholars. A well-recognized liberal arts concentration, Political Science offers students an unmatched level of flexibility to study topics of their choosing while also providing the tools and analytical rigor that employers and graduate schools demand.