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Political Science defines, describes, explains, and evaluates phenomena such as war and peace, revolution and reform, stability and instability, economic growth and collapse, and voting and office holding.

However, because many things apparently outside of “politics” can be made quite relevant to politics, political science also covers many other subjects, employs diverse methods, and interests a broad range of students. As a result, political science is one of the most popular majors at Middlebury College. Some students come to political science because they seek careers in politics or academics; others study political science to gain a greater knowledge of this central human concern. Consequently, the curriculum is designed to train students in a discipline, reveal the possibilities of politics, meet the demands of thoughtful citizenship in diverse societies, and prepare those students who intend to pursue further work in either graduate or professional school.

The Department has a generous contingent of active scholars who strongly emphasize teaching excellence and the acquisition of analytic skills in the classroom. The faculty are also involved, formally and informally, in a number of related majors and programs: Classical Studies, Environmental Studies, International Politics and Economics, and International and Global Studies. We encourage our students to study abroad, especially in a foreign language. Our students also participate in American University’s Washington Semester, in the activities of the Pre-Law Club, the Middlebury Model United Nations Club, and the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs.