The American Politics field provides students with a deep and thorough understanding of political theory and practice in three areas: (1) The structure, function, and behavior of American national, state, and local governments; (2) the development, articulation, and advancement of interests within subgroups, political parties, and political action committees; and (3) the impact of public opinion, political socialization, and cultural events on political behavior, societal change, and electoral outcomes.
The Black Politics field seeks to open political science to analyze the full range of political behavior and theory in racially and ethnically diverse societies through recognizing and eliminating racial, cultural, ideological, or social bias in the discipline. In addition, the field is committed to understanding African Americans' political life, other groups in their relations with African Americans, and other racial and ethnic minorities with whom African Americans may share a strong linkage or affinity based on common history and shared experiences.
The Comparative Politics field investigates political structures, processes, and outcomes within and across the nation-state boundaries. Scholars of comparative politics analyze electoral behavior, political networks, political institutions, contentious politics, political instability and political conflict, mass political mobilization, comparative political economies, welfare states, states and state formation, political consent and inclusion, political regimes and transitions, and the salience of race, ethnicity, nationalism, gender, identity, class, civil society, and intergenerational differences in politics and governance.
The International Relations field examines interactions between states, the workings of the international system of power, production, exchange, cooperation and conflict, and transnational phenomena–crossing the territorial confines of nation-states. While rooted in political science and power relationships, the field of International Relations is multi-disciplinary. It draws from economics, history, law, and sociology. Its principal areas of scholarly research include international political economy, international organization, foreign policy–making, strategic (security) studies, international relations of Africa and the African Diaspora, and peace research.