political science


Definition of political science 

: a social science concerned chiefly with the description and analysis of political and especially governmental institutions and processes

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political scientist noun

Examples of political science in a Sentence

a degree in political science

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Later, Brochin taught political science at the Community College of Baltimore County. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Democrat Jim Brochin says his run for Baltimore County executive touts 'people's message'," 8 June 2018 Sajni’s father and her mother, Vanessa Ruget, who teaches political science at Salem State University, are encouraging donations to a DIPG fund-raising campaign in Sajni’s name that the Broad has posted on its website. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "This Cambridge nonprofit is seeking every drug ever developed," 12 May 2018 Mary Jane Balchunis is a longtime political operative who used to teach political science at La Salle University. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Progressive pol punished for honest answer | Stu Bykofsky," 2 Apr. 2018 Now, predictably, Trump is turning unpredictability into a political science at home and abroad. Andrew Malcolm, SFChronicle.com, "Will Trump stand up to Putin or fall for him?," 12 July 2018 Wendy Schiller, the chair of political science at Brown University, says established Republicans don’t want to work for Trump. Bloomberg.com, "GOP Has Been Compromised by Protectionism, Sen. Jeff Flake Says," 31 July 2017 The high court ruled that Marquette University should immediately reinstate former political science professor John McAdams, finding that the college failed to give him the academic freedom he is guaranteed under his contract. Ruth Ravve, Fox News, "Wisconsin Supreme Court sides with fired conservative professor," 6 July 2018 Reckhow is an associate professor of political science at Michigan State University. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "MSU-led internship program helps Detroit move forward," 14 July 2018 Gregory Koger, professor of political science at the University of Miami, said the party not controlling the White House usually does well in mid-term elections and expects Florida Democrats to benefit. Phil Galewitz And David Smiley, miamiherald, "In Florida, mid-term elections hold little hope for Medicaid expansion," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of political science

1606, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of political science was in 1606

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English Language Learners Definition of political science

: the study of governments and how they work

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