Political scientists study political systems, political behavior, and public policy.
Political scientists study a wide range of subjects including:
- American politics
- Comparative politics
- International relations
- Political theory
They may specialize in the relationship between the United States and other countries. Others specialize in national institutions, including the presidency and Congress.
Political scientists use a variety of methods to collect information including:
- Historical documents
- Public opinion surveys
- Economic data
- Election results
They write reports that interpret their findings or outline their theories. Their reports may be used to make recommendations to government agencies and other organizations. They may also work as policy analysts for organizations to anticipate the effects of new policies.
Many political scientists teach at colleges and universities.