Blending academic investigation with real-world expertise to cultivate fresh insights in the realm of government and political affairs.

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POIR will prepare you for dynamic careers in politics and public policy. Additionally, with minors like Human Rights or Global Economy, you can find specialized areas of study that align perfectly to your interests.


USC POIR offers graduate and doctoral students rigorous training in the core of both political science and international relations. Our graduates leave with critical skills and new knowledge to advance both their careers and their field.


Our faculty who focus on international relations provide an interdisciplinary and theoretically-informed analysis of global issues and contemporary security, political, and economic developments worldwide. The faculty who specialize in political science have outstanding expertise in the study of American national and local politics, public law, comparative political institutions, public opinion, political parties, racial and ethnic politics, political participation, as well as experimental methods and causality.

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Department Office

Location: DMC 330

Undergraduate Office

Office location: DMC 327

Business hours: Monday – Friday, 9 AM- 5PM

Graduate Office

Office location: DMC 214