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Department of Political Science

What is Political Science?              

Political Science describes and analyzes political reality and deals with the regulation of social life in communities, the distribution of power and responsibilities, as well as social issues, institutions and norms.

What does our Department do?

The Department of Political Science at the University of Mannheim is highly ranked both nationally and internationally for its quality of teaching and research. With its emphasis on the use of quantitative and analytical methods, the Department is in an excellent position to conduct research on a wide range of political phenomena. The Department's main areas of focus in research and teaching are Comparative Politics and International Relations, with emphasis on Political Behavior, Political Economy, International Conflict, and German and European Politics. The Department of Political Science was one of the first universities in Germany to introduce a systematic and international study program by offering Bachelor, Master and PhD (doctoral) degree programs. Graduate students may participate in one of the Department's international graduate student exchange programs, established with Washington University, St. Louis, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and the University of Milan. The research activities of the Department of Political Science are complemented by the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) and the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 884 "Political Economy of Reforms",

A list of courses offered in our BA program can be found here, our MA courses can be found here. Please click on the image below for an overview of the study programs offered at the Department of Political Science programs at the University of Mannheim.

The Department of Political Science is also involved in the Doctoral Centre for Social and Behavioral Sciences, which is a part of the Graduate School of Social and Economic Sciences. It offers doctoral placements for students on completion of their Master's degree. The Graduate School is well known for its high quality of research and has been accepted into the renowned funding program "Excellence Initiative" of the German Government.