Political Science

Man stands up to tanks in Tienanmen Square, China
Pro-democracy stand-off in Tienanmen Square. (AP/Wide World Photos.)

The Political Science Department was formally established in 1955, within what was then the Department of Economics and Social Science, as part of a broad effort to develop research and training at MIT in the social sciences.

The nucleus of a Political Science faculty had already been formed within the Center for International Studies, a pioneering, interdisciplinary research center working on American foreign policy and security issues, economic and political development in the Third World, Communist societies, and international communication. By 1958, a Ph.D. in political science had been authorized. Political Science became an independent department in 1965, offering an undergraduate major and a Master's degree, as well as the Ph.D.

Department of Political Science links

Visit the MIT Department of Political Science home page at:
http://web.mit.edu/polisci/

Review the MIT Department of Political Science curriculum at:
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Updated within the past 180 days

MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 17.006Feminist Political ThoughtSpring 2006
 17.007JFeminist Political ThoughtSpring 2006
 17.01JJusticeSpring 2006
 17.03Introduction to Political ThoughtSpring 2004
 17.037American Political ThoughtSpring 2004
 17.038American Political ThoughtSpring 2004
 17.045JPower: Interpersonal, Organizational and Global DimensionsFall 2005
 17.118JFeminist Political ThoughtFall 2000
 17.125The Politics of Global Financial RelationsFall 2007
 17.158Political Economy of Western EuropeSpring 2003
 17.181Sustainable Development: Theory, Research and PolicySpring 2006
 17.182Sustainable Development: Theory, Research and PolicySpring 2006
 17.195GlobalizationFall 2005
 17.196GlobalizationFall 2005
 17.199JWorking in a Global EconomyFall 2005
 17.20Introduction to the American Political ProcessSpring 2004
 17.20Introduction to the American Political ProcessFall 2006
 17.245The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil RightsFall 2006
 17.249JLaw and SocietySpring 2003
 17.251Congress and the American Political System IFall 2004
 17.261Congress and the American Political System IIFall 2005
 17.262Congress and the American Political System IIFall 2005
 17.265Public Opinion and American DemocracySpring 2007
 17.30JFundamentals of Public PolicyFall 2004
 17.315Comparative Health PolicyFall 2004
 17.317U.S. Social PolicySpring 2006
 17.32Environmental Politics and PolicySpring 2003
 17.40American Foreign Policy: Past, Present, and FutureFall 2004
 17.405Seminar on Politics and Conflict in the Middle EastFall 2003
 17.406Seminar on Politics and Conflict in the Middle EastFall 2003
 17.407Chinese Foreign PolicyFall 2005
 17.408Chinese Foreign PolicyFall 2005
 17.410Globalization, Migration, and International RelationsSpring 2006
 17.411Globalization, Migration, and International RelationsSpring 2006
 17.42Causes and Prevention of WarSpring 2005
 17.432Causes of War: Theory and MethodFall 2003
 17.433International Relations of East AsiaSpring 2005
 17.434International Relations of East AsiaSpring 2005
 17.460Defense PoliticsSpring 2006
 17.471American National Security PolicyFall 2002
 17.50Introduction to Comparative PoliticsFall 2006
 17.508The Rise and Fall of Democracy/ Regime ChangeSpring 2002
 17.509Social Movements in Comparative PerspectiveSpring 2005
 17.523Ethnicity and Race in World PoliticsFall 2005
 17.53Democratization in Asia, Africa, and Latin AmericaFall 2001
 17.537Politics and Policy in Contemporary JapanSpring 2003
 17.538Politics and Policy in Contemporary JapanSpring 2003
 17.547Government and Politics of ChinaFall 2002
 17.55Introduction to Latin American StudiesFall 2005
 17.551Political Economy of Chinese ReformSpring 2003
 17.552Political Economy of Chinese ReformSpring 2003
 17.559Comparative Security and SustainabilityFall 2004
 17.55JIntroduction to Latin American StudiesFall 2006
 17.560Comparative Security and SustainabilityFall 2004
 17.57JSoviet Politics and Society, 1917-1991Spring 2003
 17.869Political Science Scope and MethodsFall 2003
 17.871Political Science LaboratorySpring 2004
 17.881Game Theory and Political TheoryFall 2004
 17.882Game Theory and Political TheoryFall 2004
 17.905Forms of Political Participation: Old and NewSpring 2005
 17.906Reading Seminar in Social Science: The Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Global EnergySpring 2007
 17.908Reading Seminar in Social Science: Intelligence and National SecurityFall 2005
 17.908Reading Seminar in Social Science: Race, Crime, and Citizenship in American LawSpring 2007
 17.910Reading Seminar in Social Science: International Political EconomyFall 2006
 17.914International Politics in the New Century - via Simulation, Interactive Gaming, and 'Edutainment'January (IAP) 2005
 17.918New Global Agenda: Exploring 21st Century Challenges through Innovations in Information TechnologiesJanuary (IAP) 2006
 17.951Reading Seminar in Social Science: The Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Global EnergySpring 2007
 17.THTThesis Research Design SeminarFall 2004
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Updated within the past 180 days

MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 17.000JPolitical Philosophy: Global JusticeSpring 2003
 17.037American Political ThoughtSpring 2004
 17.038American Political ThoughtSpring 2004
 17.042Citizenship and PluralismFall 2003
 17.100JPolitical Economy I: Theories of the State and the EconomyFall 2005
 17.148Political Economy of GlobalizationSpring 2006
 17.158Political Economy of Western EuropeSpring 2003
 17.176JEconomic Development, Policy Analysis, and IndustrializationFall 2004
 17.181Sustainable Development: Theory, Research and PolicySpring 2006
 17.182Sustainable Development: Theory, Research and PolicySpring 2006
 17.184JEconomic Institutions and Growth Policy AnalysisFall 2005
 17.188JLabor and PoliticsFall 2005
 17.195GlobalizationFall 2005
 17.196GlobalizationFall 2005
 17.261Congress and the American Political System IIFall 2005
 17.262Congress and the American Political System IIFall 2005
 17.312JIntegrating Doctoral Seminar on Emerging TechnologiesFall 2005
 17.405Seminar on Politics and Conflict in the Middle EastFall 2003
 17.406Seminar on Politics and Conflict in the Middle EastFall 2003
 17.407Chinese Foreign PolicyFall 2005
 17.408Chinese Foreign PolicyFall 2005
 17.410Globalization, Migration, and International RelationsSpring 2006
 17.411Globalization, Migration, and International RelationsSpring 2006
 17.418Field Seminar in International Relations TheoryFall 2005
 17.420Advances in International Relations TheorySpring 2003
 17.422Field Seminar in International Political EconomyFall 2003
 17.424International Political Economy of Advanced Industrial SocietiesSpring 2007
 17.428American Foreign Policy: Theory and MethodFall 2004
 17.432Causes of War: Theory and MethodFall 2003
 17.433International Relations of East AsiaSpring 2005
 17.434International Relations of East AsiaSpring 2005
 17.436Territorial ConflictFall 2004
 17.460Defense PoliticsSpring 2006
 17.462Innovation in Military OrganizationsSpring 2001
 17.466Organization Theory and the MilitarySpring 2003
 17.484Comparative Grand Strategy and Military DoctrineFall 2004
 17.504Ethnic Politics IFall 2003
 17.506Ethnic Politics IISpring 2007
 17.508The Rise and Fall of Democracy/ Regime ChangeSpring 2002
 17.522Politics and ReligionFall 2006
 17.524NationalismFall 2004
 17.537Politics and Policy in Contemporary JapanSpring 2003
 17.538Politics and Policy in Contemporary JapanSpring 2003
 17.544Comparative Politics and ChinaFall 2002
 17.547Government and Politics of ChinaFall 2002
 17.550JProperty Rights in TransitionSpring 2005
 17.551Political Economy of Chinese ReformSpring 2003
 17.552Political Economy of Chinese ReformSpring 2003
 17.554Political Economy of Latin AmericaFall 2002
 17.556Political Economy of DevelopmentSpring 2003
 17.559Comparative Security and SustainabilityFall 2004
 17.560Comparative Security and SustainabilityFall 2004
 17.582Civil WarSpring 2005
 17.584Civil-Military RelationsSpring 2003
 17.872Quantitative Research in Political Science and Public PolicySpring 2004
 17.874Quantitative Research Methods: MultivariateSpring 2004
 17.878Qualitative Research: Design and MethodsFall 2007
 17.878Qualitative Research: Design and MethodsSpring 2005
 17.881Game Theory and Political TheoryFall 2004
 17.882Game Theory and Political TheoryFall 2004
 17.884JCollective Choice IFall 2005
 17.906Reading Seminar in Social Science: The Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Global EnergySpring 2007
 17.950Understanding Modern Military OperationsSpring 2005
 17.951Intelligence: Practice, Problems and ProspectsSpring 2005
 17.951Special Graduate Topic in Political Science: Political BehaviorFall 2005
 17.951Special Graduate Topic in Political Science: Public OpinionSpring 2004
 17.951Reading Seminar in Social Science: The Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Global EnergySpring 2007
 17.952Great Power Military InterventionSpring 2004
 17.953U.S. Military Budget and Force PlanningFall 2004
 17.955Civil Society, Social Capital, and the State in Comparative PerspectiveFall 2004
 17.959Organizational AnalysisFall 2005
 17.960Foundations of Political ScienceFall 2004
 17.960Foundations of Political ScienceSpring 2005
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