political science

noun

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
Recent Examples on the Web David Schultz, a Hamline University political science professor, agreed in part. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Klobuchar slams ‘Medicare-for-all,’ defends her prosecutor record," 12 Sep. 2019 Originally from Louisiana, Wesley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of San Diego and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, CNN reported. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Fresh Prince of Bel Air Actor John Wesley Dies at 72 After Long Battle with Cancer," 9 Sep. 2019 Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University, noted that Cornyn targeted liberal markets, like Austin, and aired the commercial to a TV audience of mostly politically engaged Democrats. Dallas News, "Is Royce West the top Democrat in the Senate race? That might be what John Cornyn wants you to think," 31 July 2019 Louis DeSipio, a political science professor at UC Irvine, said the way the weekend transpired illustrated Trump’s ability to maintain high levels of fear in immigrant communities, regardless of whether his threats materialize. latimes.com, "Threatened ICE raids create more political noise than police action," 15 July 2019 Cammilleri has a master’s degree in public administration and a certificate of non-profit leadership from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a bachelor’s degree in political science and English from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wis. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Scandia selects new city administrator," 13 Sep. 2019 By 2016, some Asian ethnic groups that had leaned Republican shifted into the Democratic camp, said Natalie Masuoka, an associate professor of political science and Asian American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Terry Tang, The Denver Post, "Trump’s fake accent angers Asian Americans as they veer left," 22 Aug. 2019 By 2016, some Asian ethnic groups that had leaned Republican shifted into the Democratic camp, said Natalie Masuoka, an associate professor of political science and Asian American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Washington Post, "Trump’s fake accent angers Asian Americans as they veer left," 21 Aug. 2019 Henry Farrell is a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of political science

1606, in the meaning defined above

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“Political science.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/political%20scientist. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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political science

noun

English Language Learners Definition of political science

: the study of governments and how they work

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