The University of California, Irvine (UCI) ranks among the top research universities
in the nation and provides an active university environment and a continued commitment
to excellence and achievement. The Department of Political Science has attained a
reputation for producing the very best innovative and interdisciplinary scholarship.
Faculty are engaged in the study of such key questions as the politics of advanced
and democratizing societies, international cooperation and peace, the politics of
racial and ethnic minority groups, and the origins of altruism and morality and their
impact on world politics.
The department also has a very innovative Ph.D. program with strong interdisciplinary emphases. Graduate students can pursue concentrations in democracy studies, international relations, political economy/public choice, political psychology, and race and minority politics. The Ph.D. program in Political Science offers big payoffs to our graduate students due to the extended range of inquiry an interdisciplinary program affords.
UCI ranked highest-ever 7th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report
September 11, 2018
Campus also jumps nine spots to record 33rd overall in annual evaluation
Barack Obama's crucial insight into the crisis of American democracy
September 7, 2018
Michael Tesler, poli sci, via Vox, Sep. 7, 2018
Tony Smith, poli sci, via Newsweek