The Brandeis Department of Politics prepares you for careers in governmental and nongovernmental service, policy analysis, journalism, law, and business, as well as for postgraduate work in political science. We are a department of "politics," and encourage you to engage issues that are important in contemporary "real world" politics.
Politics courses study how societies organize themselves to manage conflict and cooperation and how they make and implement public policy. Understanding these issues is vital to anyone wishing to be an informed, responsible citizen. Rather than focusing solely on theory, you will examine the real world—ancient and modern, Western and non-Western—to gain the knowledge and perspective you need to appreciate political structures and processes.
If you wish to deepen your knowledge of political life, relations and processes, our one-year, methodologically rigorous master’s degree program in politics is for you.
The ambition of the Brandeis doctoral degree program in politics is to produce teacher-scholars of the highest quality, with an emphasis on published scholarship. The program is distinguished by a methodological emphasis on qualitative methods and comparative case analysis, rather than on formal or statistical analysis.