Political Science

Our students become informed and reflective citizens by studying the historical forces and global dynamics that influence and shape the content of political life.

The Amherst Political Science department offers a broad range of courses, including small introductory offerings in areas such as political theory, war and refugees, and contemporary China, and advanced seminars in geopolitics, nuclear security, Machiavelli and more.

Featured Event

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Read Sophia Wolmer’s article, “Days Before the Election, Political Science Professors Emphasize ‘Why Democracy Matters,’” in the Amherst Student.

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Why Democracy Matters: A Political Science Panel Discussion II

The Political Science Department’s “Why Democracy Matters” event brought together three panelists—Professors of Political Science Kerry Ratigan, Javier Corrales and Jonathan Obert— to present information on democratization and its intersection with both American politics and other regimes.

Drawing on their respectives areas of expertise, each professor advocated for democracy and warned of threats of democratic backsliding in the present day United States.

You can read Sophia Wolmer’s Amherst Student article on the discussion and watch a recording of the discussion below.