Politics is a process by which groups of people make decisions. The term is generally applied to behavior within civil governments, but politics has been observed in all human group interactions, including corporate, academic and religious institutions. It consists of "social relations involving authority or power"[1] and refers to the regulation of a political unit,[2] and to the methods and tactics used to formulate and apply policy.[3] The word "Politics" comes from the Greek word πολἰς ("polis") meaning city-state. The Greek word πολίτἰκος "Politikos" describes anything concerning the state or city affairs. In Latin, this was "politicus" and in French "politique".

2. Political science is the field devoted to studying political behavior and examining the
acquisition and application of power, or the ability to impose one's will on another. Its practitioners are known as political scientists. Political scientists look at elections, public opinion, institutional activities (how legislatures act, the relative importance of various sources of political power), the ideologies behind various politicians and interest groups, how politicians achieve and wield their influence, and so on. Subfields of political science include international relations, comparative politics, public law, and political theory. Each subfield tends to overlap with other academic disciplines, such as history, philosophy, law, sociology, and anthropology.

3. Requirements for Political Science Major Bachelor of
Arts Degree Upon completion of the Political Science program, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to: 1. Display familiarity with the basic concepts of government and politics. 2. Show a general knowledge of the structure and functions of all levels of government. 3. Explain the philosophical underpinnings of various forms of government, as well as an ability to understand relations among states. 4. View and evaluate the output of the current American political process through a conscious paradigm. 5. Employ a variety of tools to participate at all levels in American politics as opposed to remaining passive observers.

5. A constitution is a set of rules for government—often codified as a written
document—that establishes principles of an autonomous political entity. In the case of countries, this term refers specifically to a national constitution defining the fundamental political principles, and establishing the structure, procedures, powers and duties, of a government. By limiting the government's own reach, most constitutions guarantee certain rights to the people. The term constitution can be applied to any overall law that defines the functioning of a government, including several historical constitutions that existed before the development of modern national constitutions.