Political Science at the University of Montana

Welcome!

Political Science is the systematic study of politics. Politics influence how people and institutions exercise and resist power. Political Science, therefore, is concerned with how nations and communities are governed and who governs them. Departmental faculty members have as their mission the engagement and enlightenment of their students, professional colleagues, and fellow citizens about the nature of politics.

Political Science is the systematic study of how individuals and institutions exercise and resist power, and how nations and communities are governed. 

UM Political Science faculty engage and enlighten undergraduate and graduate students, colleagues, and fellow citizens about the theory and practice of politics.  We offer strong courses and programs in local, national, international, and global politics, as well as political theory and public administration. 

The Department emphasizes high achievement in teaching, scholarship, and professional service by each of our diverse and talented faculty members.  We share insights gained through study and residence in many countries of the world, as well as Montana and Washington, D.C.

The PSCI community includes more than 200 undergraduate majors, M.A., and M.P.A. students, as well as students in other disciplines -- from natural sciences and forestry to public health, social work, business, law, journalism, and the humanities – who study political science to increase their understanding of policy options, debates, and processes in their areas of expertise. 

We embrace the University’s vision of “Creating Change Together.”  Our exciting and rigorous courses and programs offer many opportunities for local, national, and international engagement and leadership. 

Please explore our website to discover more about our faculty, students, and programs.  Contact us, karen.boice@umontana.edu, for more information.