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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Examples of political science in a Sentence

a degree in political science

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Jeremy Castle is a postdoctoral fellow in the political science department at Central Michigan University. Jeremy Castle, Vox, "Younger evangelicals look an awful lot like older evangelicals post-2016," 12 Nov. 2018 Keith Gaddie, chairman of the political science department at the University of Oklahoma, disagreed. CBS News, "What's next for Scott Pruitt?," 6 July 2018 To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that Lonna Atkeson is a political science professor at the University of New Mexico who specializes in elections, campaigns, political psychology, and more. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "How Campaign Ads Use Fear to Force Voters to React," 26 Oct. 2018 Suennen studied journalism and political science as an undergraduate at Berkeley. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "The gatekeeper: If you want to make it big in health care, it’ll help to get past Lisa Suennen first," 6 June 2018 Braue is a cum laude graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law and a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland with degrees in economics and political science. The Aegis, "Harford County Public Library Foundation elects three new board members," 14 May 2018 Kelly earned a political science degree from Syracuse in 1992 before pursuing a law degree and a law career. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "IndyStar 2018 NCAA tournament celebrity alumni bracket," 12 Mar. 2018 Douglas Harris is a professor of political science at Loyola University Maryland. Matthew Green, Vox, "Election Day is over. Now who will lead Congress?," 12 Nov. 2018 Haeder, who is a professor of political science specializing in healthcare policy at West Virginia University, thinks a tipping point is near. Stephanie Booth, Fox News, "Is your hospital bill accurate?," 27 Sep. 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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political science

noun

English Language Learners Definition of political science

: the study of governments and how they work

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