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.

Undergraduate Program

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.

One-Year Master's Degree Program

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.

An Exceptional PhD Program

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.

“Studying politics at Brandeis is interesting intellectually, but it’s also applicable to the real problems faced by citizens of the world every day.”

Cory Julie, junior