For More Information

The University Registrar and the Brandeis University Online Bulletin Web sites offer the official requirements and course descriptions for every academic department in the university.

Refer to the Bulletin's "politics" section for the most up-to-date information on requirements for the major, minor and for course descriptions. Visit the Course Schedule for the politics department's latest course offerings.

Fact Sheet

Download a fact sheet (.pdf) about the politics major.

Course Groupings


The Politics Department offers courses in four areas: International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Theory and American Politics.  Students can take introductory and advanced courses in all of these areas.


International Relations:

Courses in International Relations focus on the study of politics across nations and within international institutions.  Some of these courses include:

War and World History – Pol 79B

Problems of National Security – Pol 174B

Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East – Pol 164A

U.S. Foreign Economic Policy – Pol 173A


Comparative Politics:

The study of Comparative Politics examines political actors, institutions, identities, ideologies, political parties, and policies of different nations and regions in a comparative fashion.  These courses include:

Managing Ethnic Conflict – Pol 127B

Immigration, State, and Nation – Pol 134B

The Government and Politics of China – Pol 147A

The War on Global Terrorism – Pol 160A


Political Theory:

Political Theory is the study of ideas and writings from the ancient and modern world, dealing with topics such as justice, nationalism, democracy, liberty, and rights.  Courses in Political Theory include:

Conservative Political Thought – Pol 187B 

Liberal Political Thought – Pol 182A

Marx, Nietzsche and 20th Century Radicalism – Pol 189A

Democratic Theory – Pol 190B


American Politics:

Courses in American politics deal with the institutions, political processes, policies, and history of the United States.  Courses on American Politics include:

The American Presidency - Pol 113B

Race, Inequality, and Social Policy – Pol 124B

Women in American Politics – Pol 125A

Constitutional Law – Pol 115A

Political Psychology – Pol 123A