The Department of Political Science, along with the Departments of Sociology and Psychology, represent the Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts. The Department of Political Science offers the Bachelor of Arts in political science and the Master of Arts in public affairs. Political science is the study of government, governance, politics, and the state. The undergraduate curriculum provides a major and a minor in traditional political science with courses offered on American government, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and American law. The department also offers a graduate program in public affairs. Faculty members are committed to effective teaching, active public service, and both traditional and applied scholarship.