Undergraduate Students

What is Political Science?

Are you interested in American politics?  Elections?  Civil liberties? International relations? Conflict and war?  Political systems in other countries? Democratization? Political science is the social scientific study of these issues and many others.  If some of these topics seem interesting, majoring in political science might be ideal for you.  Our interdisciplinary approach to learning provides students with a unique program emphasizing innovative ways to understand politics.

Fields of Study

  • American politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International relations


  • Political behavior (e.g., public opinion, elections)
  • Political institutions (e.g., legislatures, courts)
  • Systematic understanding (e.g., empirical methods)
  • Interdisciplinary approaches (e.g., economic, cognitive)


How to Apply


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Professor Monroe’s class holds a legislative simulation on the floor of the California State Senate.

Contact Political Science

Political Science Chair
Stephen P. Nicholson, Professor
Political Science (General)
Political Science (Graduate)
Political Science Mailing Address
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
The first new American research
university in the 21st century, with a
mission of research, teaching and service.
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
T: (209) 228-4400
University of California, Merced


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